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Commissioner’s fund set to hit total of £500k given to reduce reoffending

29 October, 2019

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced that his dedicated fund aimed at tackling reoffending is open for applications– which will take the total provided to projects which work with offenders in their areas and ensure they don’t offend again above half a million pounds.

A total of £80k is available for Charities, organisations and partners to bid for projects that work with offenders in their areas and help integrate them back into the community.

Applications for grants of up to £20k will be reviewed by representatives from the four local ‘Reducing Reoffending Boards’ covering the north, south, east and west of the county, ensuring that projects address local concerns and tackle the issues that most matter to people. Members of the local boards include Lancashire Constabulary, local authorities and the regional Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).

The Reducing Reoffending Fund is a key part of the Commissioner’s strategy to reduce crime and reoffending, one of the key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan.

Other work includes supporting the local Reducing Reoffending Boards through the appointment of an Independent Chair to ensure consistent approaches, all working towards his priorities.

He said:

“Since first opening my Reducing Reoffending Fund over 18 months ago, I have been really impressed with the high quality of applications and the project which have been funded and delivered in that time.

“From hearing personal stories about how ex-offenders are turning their lives around, through to seeing real evidence that projects we support do have a measurable, positive impact for our communities up and down the whole of Lancashire, I know the benefit that investing this money brings.

“It also provides great value, by reducing reoffending we lessen the pressures on police officers and other emergency services, and the costs when offenders go through the criminal justice system.

“It is great to once again be able to open my fund for applications, strengthening the organisations who tackle reoffending, taking pressure off our stretched public services and making our streets safer.”

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Applications are open until 12pm Monday 2nd December – for more information on criteria or to apply visit https://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/our-money/grant-funding/lancashire-reducing-reoffending/

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