MORE funding is going towards community safety in Uttoxeter, following a review of finances by a police leader.
Money has been allocated to local areas in Staffordshire through the police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis’ Locality Deal Fund.
It will deliver what’s important to local people based on the four priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy.
The strategy aims to tackle the root causes of crime through early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses better, reducing reoffending and increasing public confidence.
Mr Ellis said: “It’s time to trust local areas to deliver what’s right for local people.
“That’s what I’ve committed to do and that’s what I’m doing.
“I have significantly increased the funding that East Staffordshire and other local areas have to make their communities safer.
“Providing more money at a local level in this way will help deliver the best community safety solutions for people in Uttoxeter.
“What’s more, this funding is guaranteed until 2016 rather than on a 12-month basis.
“This gives a greater chance for continuity instead of having to plan ‘exit strategies’ at the outset.”
Funding will go to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s community safety partnership for the financial year 2014/15.
Eighty per cent will be provided initially with a further 20 per cent following in October subject to successful evaluation of local achievements.
An East Staffordshire Borough Council spokesman said: “This is a new opportunity for the communities of East Staffordshire to access funds from the Police and Crime Commissioner to improve community safety in their neighbourhoods.”
The Locality Deal Fund is the largest part of £2.5 million of Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2014/15.
Two other funding streams will provide funding to local community safety projects in Uttoxeter.
The Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000.
It is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to robustly strip offenders of their assets.
Meanwhile, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund ‘empowers local groups’ to find solutions to community safety problems.
This helps community groups achieve their aims with smaller grants of between £100 and £3,000.
Further information is available online at: www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/fund/
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