Unlock has now come to the end of a landmark 9-year project in developing access to basic bank accounts for people in prison before release. We are pleased to publish a report on this work. It reflects on the progress that we have made, and sets out a number of recommendations to the National Offender Management

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Welcome to our new website

Friday, 11 April 2014 by

Summary What’s changed? Where does this new site fit in? What do you think? New links…we need your help Summary This week we launched our new website; if you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at www.unlock.org.uk. When we first set out on developing the new site in mid-2013, we carried out a

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Latest voluntary vacancies @ Unlock

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 by

We’re recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to work as part of our Helpline. Roles include Helpline Advisors, Helpline Administrators, and Information Hub Researchers. More information, including role descriptions and application details, can be found here.

We’re pleased to report that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has today issued a press release which sets out their ruling that the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has breached the Data Protection Action after failing to stop collecting information about criminal conviction data that was no longer required because of a filtering regime that

Today is an historic day for Unlock. We’ve campaigned for many years to see changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. It’s the first time in nearly 40 years since the legislation has been reformed in this way. It’s been quite a wait since the law received Royal Assent in 2012, but we’re delighted that

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act has changed for the first time in 40 years The DBS now has a system for ‘filtering’ cautions and convictions Do you know how these can benefit your clients who have convictions? In response to the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 coming into force on the 10th

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Following our recent news about the proposed changes by the Charity Commission, we’ve now submitted our response As a charity that exists to support the efforts of people with convictions in moving on positively with their lives, and as an organisation which itself has sought to recruit trustees who themselves have convictions, we are concerned about

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Today, we took part in a discussion on Radio 4’s Money Box about obtaining insurance with unspent convictions. You can listen below or click here.  

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Why? We’ll be explaining about the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Our Helpline Advisors will be on hand to answer any questions you might have You’ll have the opportunity to book a free one-to-one session If you’re still not convinced, there’ll also be free hot drinks and biscuits! When? Thursday 6th March

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The reason for this email is that we’ve published a document which briefly summarises the plans by the Charity Commission which would, in effect, further restrict the ability of people with unspent convictions from becoming a trustee of a charity. The proposed reforms are detailed in a consultation paper which was launched by the Government

We’re moving

Thursday, 09 January 2014 by

We are moving offices, which means that our Helpline will be unable to respond to landline telephone enquiries on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th of January 2014. On these days, if you are looking for advice, please call us using our Helpline mobile number (07824 113848). Alternatively, please email us at advice@unlock.org.uk or complete our

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Today we delivered a webinar in partnership with Business in the Community, titled ‘Ban the Ban – the legal stuff’ where we briefly covered the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Read more about the webinar and download a copy of the slides.

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