In April 2017, section 227ZM of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 was amended to reflect new reporting requirements arising from the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

We are pleased to introduce the fourth Summary of Local Authority Annual Reports on Community Payback Orders (CPOs) produced by Community Justice Scotland under these new reporting requirements, covering the period 2019-20.

The report provides an overview of activity completed by people in local areas subject to a CPO and is based on local authority annual reports on the operation of CPOs within their area during the reporting year. As with previous reports, a focus is placed on unpaid work, other activity and the range of issues faced by local authority areas when delivering such an important service to individuals.

Local providers report an increasingly complex range of needs and challenges faced by those given a CPO, but their commitment to supporting people to complete a CPO, and to meeting these needs, is to be commended.

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