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Unpaid Work

Unpaid Work (previously known as Community Service)

Community Service Payback imageThe Scottish Government introduced the Community Payback Order on 1st February 2011.

The Community Payback Order applies to offences committed on or after this date and replaced Community Service Orders, Probation Orders and Supervised Attendance Orders.

Within this new legislation there is a presumption against prison sentences of three months or less.

The Community Payback Order consists of a number of requirements - 9 in total:

  • Offender Supervision Requirement
  • Conduct Requirement
  • Compensation Requirement
  • Residence Requirement
  • Pogramme Requirement
  • Mental Health Treatment Requirement
  • Drug Treatment Requirement
  • Alcohol Treatment Requirement
  • Unpaid Work or Other Activity Requirement

From these, the Court may select one or more in deciding on the make up of the Order.

The Community Payback Order can be individually tailored to ensure the nature and level of intensity of interventions matches assessed levels of risk. For example, the Order might include a requirement to complete a specified number of hours of unpaid work (previously known as 'community service') within the community. The punitive element is contained in the time which offenders are required to devote to working for the benefit of the community. It must present a challenge to the offender and must be completed within 3 months (up to 100 hours) or 6 months (more than 100 hours).

How does the Clackmannanshire community benefit from unpaid work schemes?

Clackmannanshire Council's Unpaid Work Squads routinely complete a wide range of tasks for the benefit of the community including:

  • ground clearance work;
  • gardening and landscaping projects;
  • environmental work;
  • recycling projects;
  • improving park and community facilities; and
  • painting community centres, church halls etc.

Community groups or charities can apply for help with their projects. If you would like to make a request for work to be carried out on behalf of your group or organisation, please contact us using the details below. The community groups must therefore provide the materials, for example paint, plants or building materials.

Details of work undertaken are posted regularly on our Facebook page. We welcome your comments.

What are the criteria that govern Unpaid Work?

  • work must benefit the local community;
  • work must be aimed at not-for-profit organisations and charities;
  • it must not take away paid work from others; and
  • costs of materials must be supplied by the beneficiary.

Unpaid work placements in the community can help offenders to learn and acquire new work skills to improve their employability and help them to move away from crime.

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For Further Information Contact

Team Leader, Criminal Justice Service
Glebe Hall, Burgh Mews, Alloa, FK10 1HS
Tel: 01259 452200 / 450000
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