A total of£800,000 of executive funding will be distributed to local authority-led community safety partnerships according to a points system that rewards particularly effective partnership working.
Deputy justice minister Hugh Henry said: 'We are committed to building communities where people feel safe both in their homes and on their streets. Feeling safe is a basic human right.
'Effective community safety partnerships play a vital role in improving safety in our communities. By identifying and addressing matters of local concern, partnerships can help reduce crime and the fear of crime. These are priorities the executive shares with community safety partnerships. Building stronger, safer, inclusive communities is at the heart of our programme for a better Scotland.
'The Community Safety Partnership Award Programme was set up to help communities help themselves, making a real difference to the quality of lives of local people. By continuing our support for these partnerships we are recognising their worth and allowing them to build further on the progress already made.'
The funding is part of£4m made available for 2004-05 under the Community Safety Partnership Award Programme. The remaining£3.2m is distributed according to calculations made on the basis of size of population and crimes per head of population.
Community safety partnerships have senior representation from the four statutory agencies: local authority, police, fire service and health board or trust. Partnerships are also encouraged to have membership from the private and voluntary sectors and to actively engage with communities to identify and address local community safety priorities.
The Community Safety Partnership Award Programme replaced the 'Make our Communities Safer' CCTV and Community Safety Challenge Competitions in April 2002. It consists of two elements.
The first is a formulated award based on size of population and crimes per head of population which remains the same for three years and accounts for£3.2m of the annual award. This is the third year of funding through this formula. The second element is a variable award that amounts to£800,000 each year.
Local authorities submit applications based on a local community safety action plan drawn up following a local audit. The local audit identifies the priorities for improving community safety and crime prevention in the Local authority area. Applications are assessed by a panel drawn from the Scottish Local Authority Community Safety Officers Forum (SLACS), the police and the executive according to a points system.
Under the points system, which determines the distribution of the second element, consideration is given to the following issues:-
Evidence that partnership arrangements were in place at a strategic level
Community safety audit carried out and statistical evidence to support the strategy and action plan
Specific and comprehensive strategic action plan produced with clear priorities and targets
Evidence of monitoring and evaluation
The allocation of the variable£800,000 award is as follows (the previously announced allocation of the formulated£3.2m award follows in brackets):
Stirling Council£22,871 (£68,482)
Falkirk Council£19,059 (£88,716)
Clackmannanshire Council£17,630 (£61,109)
Dumfries & Galloway Council£25,253 (£85,354)
Fife Council£34,306 (£166,339)
Aberdeenshire Council£25,253 (£107,774)
Aberdeen City Council£27,636 (£174,347)
Moray Council£29,541 (£69,883)
Edinburgh City Council£28,588 (£230,523)
East Lothian Council£24,777 (£64,797)
Midlothian Council£29,065 (£72,719)
West Lothian Council£20,965 (£105,880)
Scottish Borders Council£26,206 (£70,515)
Highland Council£20,965 (£106,895)
Orkney Council£25,253 (£21,173)
Shetland Council£27,159 (£26,754)
Western Isles Council£24,777 (£23,512)
Argyll & Bute Council£25,730 (£62,002)
West Dunbartonshire Council£21,918 (£98,695)
Glasgow City Council£26,683 (£296,306)
East Dunbartonshire Council£25,253 (£71,241)
Inverclyde Council£30,494 (£86,358)
North Lanarkshire Council£17,153 (£156,319)
South Lanarkshire Council£22,394 (£143,907)
Renfrewshire Council£22,394 (£120,738)
East Renfrewshire Council£23,347 (£63,528)
East Ayrshire Council£21,441 (£94,196)
North Ayrshire Council£25,253 (£93,807)
South Ayrshire Council£32,400 (£81,645)
Perth & Kinross Council£19,059 (£81,486)
Angus Council£30,494 (£74,354)
Dundee Council£26,683 (£130,646)
Further details of each area's community safety partnership are available from the relevant local authority.