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Community Payback Orders Total 73,000 Hours
Over 73,000 hours unpaid work from community payback orders took place across South Lanarkshire last year. Projects across Larkhall, Blantyre and Carluke were among those which benefited from the service.
The figures form part of a review of community payback orders across the region that went in front of a social work committee.
The report that went before councillors stated: “A collective total of 73,316 hours of unpaid work have been invested to accomplish various scales of projects and referrals to the benefit of the community throughout South Lanarkshire.”
In total, 1216 community payback orders were handed out to 965 offenders in the region throughout 2014/15.
This was made up of 822 males and 143 females, while 922 were new community payback orders with an unpaid work requirement programme.
The Unpaid Work Service received 516 referrals from organisations like Shelter, Women’s Aid, churches, community and environmental groups and schools. Councillors also made referrals.
The Unpaid Work Service “maintains a strong presence within the Clyde Walkway infrastructure” maintaining and upgrading projects including Morgan’s Glen, Larkhall; Bothwell Castle Walkway; Lesmahagow Walkway; Jock’s Burn Walkway, Carluke; and Gardenhall, Calder Walkway, Blantyre.
According to council officers, involvement in these efforts “provide opportunities for individuals to develop both the social and employment skills required to implement and sustain a meaningful role within their local communities and the experience and benefits gained from undertaking a work placement from its initiation to conclusion”.
Offenders also took part in a range of initiatives, including an adult learning group, ‘moving forward’ project, inclusiveness project and a cooking course.
The report states that justice services “continued to provide a high quality of work throughout 2014/15, with very positive outcomes for service users and benefits to the communities.”