In July 2020 the Department for Transport published new guidance
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Covid-19 and the social distancing measures introduced to help control it are creating challenges for all of us. For people with criminal records, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Since the UK went into lock-down, we’ve been contacted by many people with criminal records – those with criminal records in the community, people

Welcome to our new website

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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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
We’re continuing our efforts to raise awareness of the changes to the ROA, but this time we’ve been focusing on prisons. Firstly, we wrote a news piece for the March 2014 edition of Inside Time. A copy of the news piece is below. We’ve also recorded a piece for the Prison Radio Associations’ ‘Outside In’
In the last couple of days, we’ve been very busy. We’ve been working hard to raise awareness of the changes to the ROA. Yesterday (10th March) we appeared on BBC Breakfast. We also took part in a number of regional radio discussions, including BBC London, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Leeds, BBC Coventry, BBC West Midlands,
On Monday 10th March, the UK Government will finally implement reforms to the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. The charity Unlock has campaigned for changes for many years. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director at Unlock, says: “There are over 9 million people in England & Wales with a criminal record and more than 1.2 million people get convicted
Christopher Stacey, Co-Director at Unlock, said “We are pleased that the Government has announced today that the long-overdue reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will come into force on the 10th March 2014. For far too long, people who have served their sentence and changed their ways have been prevented from moving on in
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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 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.

Changes to motor insurance disclosure

Today we took part in a Radio 4 Money Box discussion about changes to motor insurance disclosure, as well as what people need to disclose under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You can listen to the interview below.