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Community Payback Order

The Criminal Justice Authority(CJA) have produced an Information Pack on Community Payback Order Requirements which provides focussed key points for each of the requirements.

Community Service/unpaid work

Community Service Orders have been replaced by Community Payback Orders - unpaid work and other activity requirement. The Order can last from 20 - 100 hours (Level 1) or 101 - 300 hours (Level 2). A Level 1 Order is now available to Justice of the Peace Courts for all offences.

A Level 1 Order should be completed within three months and a Level 2 Order within six months, unless otherwise directed by the Sheriff. The Community Payback Order places tighter restrictions on doing unpaid work and other activities. The timescales for offenders being seen, and starting unpaid work has been reduced from 21 to seven days.

Community Payback Orders allow a proportion (30% or a maximum of 30 hours) of the unpaid work hours to be used for therapeutic, groupwork or vocational learning.

There is now a statutory responsibility on councils to consult with 'prescribed persons' such as the Chief Constable, Sheriff Principal, voluntary organisations and community partnerships on the type of unpaid work to be done in the council area.

In South Lanarkshire we provide over 500 unpaid work placements each year. People can do work on environmental improvements or conservation work, supporting local community organisations by painting community halls and churches. We also have an unpaid work workshop where we make garden furniture to support local charities. Placements are also provided by charities and voluntary organisations.

Unpaid work gives some people the opportunity to experience working life for the first time, giving them the confidence to look for work.

Community Payback have also produced an Annual Report.

Requesting support

We undertake a variety of work from small individual one-off pieces to more substantial large scale projects. If you are a community/voluntary group or individual with a project that you think unpaid work could support please complete our Unpaid Work Request Form.  To see some of the work undertaken and completed by the Community Payback Unpaid Work Services please watch our DVD.


We may ask you to complete a customer survey to find out what you thought of our service or how we might improve.

Community Payback Unpaid Work Team


Auchentibber, East Avenue, Blantyre, G72 0JB
Email: Community Payback Unpaid Work Team