To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2011, Official Report, column 423W, on community orders: voluntary organisations, if he will consider the merits of allowing (a) charities and (b) community amateur sports clubs the opportunity to claim dispensation from charges of community payback fees by the probation authorities; and if he will make a statement.
The voluntary sector, including charities and sports clubs, is the largest single beneficiary of Community Payback work. The majority of beneficiary organisations are not currently required to make a contribution to the cost of offender supervision. Where probation trusts, and in future potentially other providers of Community Payback, do seek a contribution towards costs, due regard will be given to the circumstances of the organisation which benefits from the work. There needs to be a proper balance between these organisation's circumstances and the need for Community Payback to work for society as a whole; preventing a disproportionate charge on the taxpayer; and preventing consumption of resources that could be directly targeted on services for direct victims of crime.