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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00155: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that people given community payback orders complete the hours they are sentenced to.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 21 September 2016

Ensuring that people on Community Payback Orders (CPOs) complete the hours that they are sentenced to is the responsibility of the relevant supervising local authority.

The National Outcomes and Standards for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System contains guidance on the procedures involved, and the action that the Social Work Case Manager can take in cases of breach. This can include returning the case to court.

Ultimately, anyone who breaches a CPO, and so fails to take up the opportunity that the order presents, can find themselves facing sanctions.