Date lodged: 8 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on fiscal work and community payback order work placements being used to carry out task that were previously carried out by local authority employees.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 March 2018
The nature of the unpaid work placements carried out under the Fiscal Work Order (FWO) and Community Payback Order (CPO) schemes is determined by the local authority Criminal Justice Social Work team responsible for overseeing the case.
However, both the National Guidelines on Fiscal Work Orders and the Community Payback Order practice guidance advise that unpaid work placements should not be used in situations which are likely to deprive others of opportunities for paid employment.