Date lodged: 8 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many community payback orders in each of the last five years have included a requirement for the treatment of alcohol problems.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 14 December 2016
The number of Community Payback Orders (CPOs) including an alcohol treatment requirement that have been imposed since 2011-12 can be found in the Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics in Scotland, 2014-15 Statistical Bulletin (Table 10).
This publication is available online on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00497837.pdf This is the most up to date information currently available. Data for 2015-16 is expected to be published in February 2017.
It is important to note that alcohol treatment requirements are not the only mechanism for individuals to receive support for alcohol problems under a CPO. The CPO annual reports received from local authorities highlight that alcohol misuse issues are often addressed under the supervision or conduct requirements or as part of the ‘other activity’ aspect of the unpaid work or other activity requirement.