Community payback to the tune of £850K in Fife

Those on community payback assisted with work on Walkerton Path in Leslie.

Those on community payback assisted with work on Walkerton Path in Leslie.

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Work carried out by offenders as part of Community Payback Orders has saved an estimated £850,000 for the region since it was put in place, councillors have been told.

News of the significant saving for the region came as Margaret Collins and Bill Kinnear from the Criminal Justice Social Work Service delivered their report on the recent progress made by the community payback unpaid work scheme.

In the period between April 2014 and March 2015, 1120 Community Payback Orders (CPO) were imposed in Fife - the equivalent to 106,582 hours of unpaid work.

Since the Criminal Justice and Licencing Act 2010 came into effect in February 2011, a host of Fife projects have benefited from the unpaid work scheme, including many in the Glenrothes area.

Among them a number of schools, community halls,sheltered housing complexes and other Council owned buildings.

Glenrothes councillors at this month’s area committee were quick to praise the scheme and the obvious financial benefits it has delivered.

Cllr Kay Morrison said: “The service must be commended, not only is the region benefiting , but its especially pleasing to note that offenders, while carrying out the unpaid work, are receiving training and can come out at the end with a recognised qualification.”

Cllr Bill Brown added: “Community Payback plays a significant and positive role in communities, repairing some of the damage caused.

“It’s great to see so many individuals and organisations throughout Glenrothes benefiting.”