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Community Payback

Offenders can be sentenced to do unpaid work that benefits the community.

Magistrates or judges can sentence offenders to carry out anything from 40 to 300 hours of Community Payback as part of their order. Offenders must do a minimum of a day’s work – lasting at least seven hours – once a week.

Offenders can also be sentenced to intensive Community Payback orders, which mean they must complete 28 hours of work every week.

Across Cheshire and Greater Manchester, offenders complete roughly half a million hours of Community Payback every year. To learn about how you can benefit from the scheme, watch this video.

All projects combine hard work and the chance for the participant to develop skills. It is also a punishment as the offender is giving up their time to carry out the work.

Members of the public can nominate projects for offenders to complete. For more details, click this link.