I have read many cases of criminals within the United Kingdom, focusing on England and Wales, being given community service rather than a prison sentence.

What I am curious to discover is whether they are still able to receive financial benefits from the state (Universal Credits) when they have been sentenced to community service? It would seem a bit unfair that they still receive an income, when ordinary members of the public would have to take unpaid time off of work...

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    Are the ordinary members of the public also forced to do community service? If not, I see no problem here.
    – PMF
    Oct 18, 2022 at 6:48
  • PMF Someone who is unemployed will find it a lot easier to do community service than someone in employment. I wouldn’t get paid if I had to do community service.
    – gnasher729
    Oct 18, 2022 at 8:33
  • I was interested in the law/rules - if someone is on Universal Credits because they are unemployed, do they still get their monthly payments whilst they do community service as punishment for breaking a law and being found, or pleading, guilty? Oct 19, 2022 at 8:29


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