Community Payback Consultation 2020

Closed 31 Aug 2020

Opened 3 Aug 2020

Results expected 13 Sep 2020

Feedback expected 31 Jan 2021


We want to hear your views on Community Payback Orders (CPO).  These are given out by the Court to people to pay for their crimes as an alternative to a prison sentence.

In particular, we want to know what you think about the unpaid work part of a CPO, which replaced community service in 2011. This is when a person does unpaid work within the community. 

  • Do you have any experience of people doing unpaid work in your community? 
  • Do you have any ideas about residents, community projects or organisations who could benefit from unpaid work support? 

Why your views matter

We are required to consult with the public and stakeholders on an annual basis as part of a report to the Scottish Government.

Your information will help us improve how we work with communities.  We want to increase understanding of CPOs and their importance in helping people reintegrate into society and reduce the likelihood of them reoffending.

We also want to generate more discussion with communities about unpaid work opportunities

Please let us know your views by 31 August 2020. We will share the findings with Scottish Government and publish them on the website in January 2021.

You may want to read about sentences for convicted offenders including Community Payback Orders.

If you need more information, contact


  • All Edinburgh


  • Professionals
  • Residents
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Amenity groups
  • Community councils
  • Education institutions
  • Housing associations
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Planning consultants
  • Professional bodies


  • All interests