Value of paying community back in Levenmouth

The community payback team helped to tranform the Aberhill PS playground, seen here this summer
The community payback team helped to tranform the Aberhill PS playground, seen here this summer

Councillors in Levenmouth have welcomed a report which shows the impact that those on community payback orders (CPO’s) have had in the area.

Over the last 12 months, individuals on unpaid work orders, which are usually imposed instead of a custodial sentence, have assisted with more than 30 different projects in Levenmouth.

These have included building a stage at the Rose Queen and Kennoway Carnival events, refurbishing Durham Hall in Lower Largo, painting a mural and making repairs to planters at Aberhill Primary School, garden work at Methilhaven Care Home, litter picking across Levenmouth and individual placements at MyBus, the Salvation Army and Methilhill OAP Centre.

Across Fife, the total number of CPOs from April 2014 to March 2015 was 1120, involving 976 men and 144 women. They worked a total of 106,582 hours. If payment had been made at the living wage rate, this represents a saving of £836,000.

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of Levenmouth area committee, welcomed the report, commenting: “The work that goes on through this service is absolutely brilliant.

“These people are being given the opportunity to do something worthwhile, and I’m happy to see so much work being carried out in this area.”

Cllr Alistair Hunter added: “The approach here is to give people a chance to make amends for what they have done and to instead contribute something positive to their community . This can be life-changing. I cannot regard this service highly enough, both for the work carried out and the message it shows about the kind of society we are.”

Bill Kinnear, service manager, Criminal Justice Services, explained that the service was overwhelmed with requests, and they considered everything that came in, whether it was from a community group, councillor or individual.

He noted that the Wings project, which supports women on CPO’s in Fife, is set to continue after funding from the Scottish Government was secured.