East Yorkshire offenders face wait to start community service

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by HEY Today editor

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Offenders in East Yorkshire are facing a wait of several months before they can begin community service projects.

East Riding Council is looking to resolve the problem through extra funding. More than 100 new projects are submitted to the community rehabilitation company every year.

Nigel Brignall, East Riding Council’s antisocial behaviour manager, said: “I think the delay is mainly caused by the number of projects. Community payback is very popular. Benefits to local residents are there for all to see. The more we promote this project the more and better ideas we’re receiving.”

He added: “To ensure that these projects are done quicker, that includes looking at some external funding opportunities to employ additional supervisors, smaller numbers of offenders, potentially where, as a local authority, we can actually supervise the offenders directly.”

Mr Brignall went on to explain that when offenders carry out community service it can equip them with skills that could help to secure employment in the future and potentially prevent them from committing further crimes.

He said: “Offenders gain skills which they can then take to future job opportunities. In the East Riding, we do make sure that our offenders do have the right tools to be able to do the jobs and that has the added benefit of potentially reducing reoffending rates too.”

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Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by HEY Today editor

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