Charities urged to bid for offender project funds

Projects look to cut high re-offending rate in hot spot areas where each offender commits 25 crimes

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has called for charities to apply for four funding pots each worth £20,000  for projects that will help integrate offenders back into the community.

The cash will come from a set-aside fund which has now shared out £500,000 for projects.

It is aimed at cutting the level of reoffending: according to Ministry of Justice data for the local area, the reoffending rate is 29.5 per cent. Burnley had the highest reoffending rate in the Lancashire area at 31.6.

Offenders had each committed an average of 25.3 crimes previously.

Drivers for reoffending identified by researchers include a lack of secure or appropriate accommodation, debt and being unable to maintain relationships with family or children.

Decisions about who will share the funding will be taken by members of the local boards include Lancashire Constabulary, local authorities and the regional Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).

Mr Grunshaw said the projects funded so far were having a significant impact:  "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.

“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.”

Applications are open until 12pm on 2 December. You can apply here