- Fines for our late tax returns could contribute to economic development through supporting the employment of the vulnerable and long-term unemployed;
- Speeding tickets could support charities and social enterprises promoting a low carbon economy;
- Court fines could help fund voluntary projects - on a Matching Fund (e.g. matching time with money) basis - in our communities supporting projects that reverse the causes of crime in the first place.
Why should this happen? Because the money could be really effectively used to benefit civil society at large. In order to manage the process well, why don't Government agencies give the money they accrue to the many excellent Community Foundations across the country? This would allow them to spend the money on funding some of the most effective projects and organisations that are transforming our society for the better today - work Community Foundations already do brilliantly.