First up was the announcement that Fife and Forth Valley Criminal Justice Authority (CJA) agreed to a change in formula that gives Falkirk additional cash boost, in the current year that amounts to an additional £37,278.
The service is also in line for a £100,000 cash windfall from additional funds made available by Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson to Criminal Justice Authorities for the redesign of the prison regime for the treatment of woman prisoners.
Quote from Cllr David Alexander, SNP Vice Convenor of the Fife and Forth Valley,
“Falkirk’s Criminal Justice Service is a credit to the area and deserves the recognition it is being given.”
“I would also welcome the commitment of the Scottish Government to keeping our streets safe and despite the cuts in funding from Westminster they are making additional resources available”
“It is particularly gratifying to see the vote of confidence from both the Scottish Government and Fife and Forth Valley CJA in the Falkirk Criminal Justice Service.”
In the financial settlement agreed by the Fife and Forth Valley CJA at its meeting on 14 June option were presented by officials for the current financial year. The outcome was a motion that increases funding to the largest authority, Fife, of along with Falkirk with reductions for Stirling and Clackmannan Councils.
This follows the agreement of the board to changing the formula funding is allocated to a model that I more work volume based than the method adopted since the CJA’s conception in 2004.
The announcement of an estimated £100,000 for Falkirk by way of an additional allocation of cash to take forward the government’s plans to reform the treatment of woman prisoners was announced by Justice Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson who said,,
“We have the lowest crime figures for almost forty years and an excellent clear up rate but the government wants to go much further”.
“Women in particular who are in the judicial system require support to keep them from re-offending and the additional money will assist the council in this objective.”
The announcement was welcomed by Councillor Alexander who said,
“The reform of the woman’s prison regime is most welcome and I would commend Michael Matheson for the enlightened direction he has devised.”
“The additional resources will be most welcome in the task of reducing re-offending.”