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Community Payback Order Unpaid Work

Last updated: 28th June 2024


Where the order contains an unpaid work or other activity requirement an individual must undertake unpaid work for a specified number of hours in the community. This should have a focus on reparation and providing a clear tangible benefit to the local community. It may also include requiring the individual to take responsibility for their own behaviour by spending time, through the “other activity” component of the requirement, on developing their interpersonal, educational, and vocational skills to support long-term desistance from offending.

Further Information:

The Community Payback Work Team provide individual placements (for those unable to undertake a work group), primarily within charity shops and other volunteering opportunities. The work groups provide various opportunities to benefit all local communities throughout East Lothian. For example, The Community Payback Work Team have worked in partnership with tenancy support schemes to clear and upgrade gardens for residents with mental health issues. There are regular seasonal groundwork projects at Belhaven Hospital and Cockenzie House, and where possible those subject to unpaid work hours support the Rangers service at Yellowcraig.