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Community Payback

Offenders can be sentenced to do unpaid work that benefits the community.

Magistrates or judges can sentence offenders to carry out anything from 40 to 300 hours of Community Payback as part of their order. Offenders must do a minimum of a day’s work – lasting at least six hours – once a week. Offenders can also be sentenced to intensive Community Payback orders, which mean they must complete 28 hours of work every week.

Across Greater Manchester, more than 600,000 hours are completed by offenders every year.

All projects combine hard work and the chance for the participant to develop skills. It is also a punishment as the offender is giving up their freedom to carry out the work.

Any member of the public can ask for the help of a Community Payback scheme to help with projects, such as:

  • repairing and redecorating community centres
  • graffiti removal
  • running luncheon clubs for the elderly
  • maintaining parks and churchyards.

If you have a scheme or project which you think would be suitable for Community Payback, please get in touch.

There were 4,339 Community Payback orders started between April and December 2012, and during that period a total of 388,404 hours were completed across Greater Manchester. The number of offenders successfully completing Community Payback is 72 per cent, which is two per cent above the government’s target.