Community Payback Consultation

Closed 31 Aug 2016

Opened 1 Aug 2016

Results expected 5 Sep 2016


Community Payback Unpaid Work Consultation

This consultation is for anyone who would like to share their views about Community Payback Orders.

We want to hear your views on Community Payback Orders (CPO).  These are given out by the Court to offenders 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 an offender does unpaid work within the community.

  • Do you have any experience of offenders doing unpaid work in your community?
  • Do you have any ideas about residents, community projects or organisations who would 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 offenders 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 2016. We will share the findings with Scottish Government and publish them on the website in January 2017.
You may want to read about sentences for convicted offenders including Community Payback Orders.
If you need more information, contact

What happens next

Thank you for giving us your views on unpaid work as part of Community Payback Orders.
We will share the findings with Scottish Government and publish them on the website in January 2017.


  • All Edinburgh


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


  • All interests