Community payback schemes

Offenders painting a bridge as part of a Community Payback scheme
Offenders painting a bridge as part of a Community Payback scheme

Community payback schemes are punishments designed so that offenders put something back into the community.

Projects undertaken by offenders include:

  • litter clearance
  • graffiti removal
  • repairing and redecorating community centres
  • environmental work, eg maintaining public open spaces and churchyards

CashBack for Communities

Since 2008, the Scottish Government has run a programme called cashback for communities. It takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Since 2008, £75 million recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act has been committed to the CashBack for Communities Programme and other community initiatives. The programme has funded 1.8 million activities and opportunities for young people.

This investment includes:

  • £24 million on sporting activities and facilities projects
  • £10 million on grant schemes that support youth work projects across all 32 local authority areas
  • over £3.5 million on cultural activities involving arts, music and dance