Community Payback Order (CPO)

These have replaced community service, probation and supervised attendance orders

as a way for the courts to deal with people who have committed a criminal offence on or after 1 February 2011.

What will offenders have to do?

Requirements can include:

  • Carry out hours of unpaid manual work in the community
  • Be subject to periods of supervision
  • Specific conduct requirements to address re-offending
  • Pay compensation to the victim or victims
  • Participate in alcohol, drug or mental health treatment interventions
  • Have their conduct and behaviour monitored by justice teams
  • Identify employability and training opportunities

How will this help your community?

Offenders will be required to carry out unpaid work in your community, including:

  • Clearing pathways of snow or ice
  • Building eco-plant areas for school children
  • Repainting community centres or churches
  • Market gardening and distributing the produce to care homes and local charities
  • Creation and maintenance of community allotment sites


We will consult communities regularly to identify projects that they feel would benefit their area.

If you would like more information or to be involved in our consultations, please contact us using the details on the right hand side of this page.

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