Government “exploring” incentives for businesses that take on ex-offenders

by / Monday, 27 February 2017 / Published in Employment support, Latest, News & Media

Today the Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government’s response to its report on the support for ex-offenders leaving prison, which indicates that the Government has accepted the case made for many of the Committee’s recommendations and is looking for ways to take them forward, including considering a range of ways to incentive employers to take on ex-offenders leaving prison. The suggestion of offering reduced National Insurance contributions to those employers is particularly “noted with interest”.

This follows on from the Committee’s published report in December, which made recommendations after hearing evidence from organisations including Unlock.

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  • James Shipp

    I haven’t previously commented on this site but was pointed in this direction last week by the jobcentre as I’m currently unemployed following my conviction. Prior to my conviction I worked in as a team support within Welsh Government for 6 years after successfully completing their apprenticeship programme. As much as the words “noted with interest” seem positive its worth noting there is no actual commitment there. It maybe more helpful for unlock to ask the question “how many ex-offenders have been directly employed by Government after attaining criminal records ?” so as to put the pressure directly on the government to set an example by employing ex-offenders. I’m not an expert in this area by no means but I would have though an FOI request would get you this information which could then be used as leverage to get the ball rolling on this.

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