Crime cash to help homeless Scots in London
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Cash from criminals to help homeless Scots in London
Cash confiscated from criminals is set to help homeless Scots in London, the Scottish Government has announced.
Borderline, an organisation based in the city, has been offered up to £50,000 for each year up until 2015, from cash recovered through proceeds of crime legislation.
The cash, however, is conditional on the funds being matched through fundraising efforts led by the Church of Scotland.
Borderline helps reduce homelessness and prevent rough sleeping using a range of accommodation options.
Scotland’s First Minister recently met with the Moderator of the Church of Scotland to discuss a way forward for Borderline and its future funding from the Scottish Government.
Housing Minister Keith Brown said: “In the face of deep cuts to our budget from Westminster we continue to fund a wide range of initiatives to help tackle homelessness.
“That is why it is good news we have been able to find this money for Borderline, which I hope will make a real difference for Scots who have fallen on hard times in London.
“By using proceeds of crime, our budget for funding homelessness charities here in Scotland, and the crucial work they do, will remain unaffected.”