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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01489: Claire Baker (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many offenders who have completed Fiscal Work Orders have moved into work as a result of their placement since rollout in April 2015, broken down by local authority area.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2016

The information requested is not held centrally.

Local authorities are encouraged to develop programmes which will reduce the likelihood of individuals engaging in future offending behaviour. For example, programmes which increase the individual's awareness of the impacts of their offending; challenge antisocial attitudes or assumptions; and encourage personal and social responsibilities and self respect, and/or the development of life skills and problem solving.

Furthermore, while it is generally intended that unpaid work activities should constitute the bulk of the time an individual spends on a Fiscal Work Order, up to 10% of the order (where appropriate) may be used for educational activities. This can include activities which would encourage development of employability skills.