Community Payback is the name given to the work completed by offenders who have been given a Community Order or a Suspended Sentence Order, with a requirement to complete Unpaid Work. They can be given between 40 and 300 hours of Unpaid Work to complete within 12 months and must work for at least 6 hours per week.
It directs offenders to work for free to pay back the local community for the harm and damage that their offending has caused and helps to create a better, cleaner and safer environment throughout County Durham, Darlington and the Tees Valley.
On average, offenders will complete 196,000 hours of Unpaid Work per year in the Durham and Tees Valley area. The value of this work, if it were paid labour at the rate of the minimum wage, would equate to a minimum of £997,920 per year.