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
Christopher Stacey speaks to Radio 5 Live about the proposed new guidance from the Department of Transport on the regulation of taxi drivers. You can listen to the program here. More information about the consultation can be found here. The consultation closes on the 22nd April. You can respond to the consultation. We will be
Following the publication of Unlock’s  A question of fairness report, Co-director Christopher Stacey speaks to Radio Sussex’s Danny Pike. The report finds that the vast majority of national companies continue to have criminal record declarations as a core part of their initial job application forms. By doing so, employers are not only potentially acting unlawfully but are also missing

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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,
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
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
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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We’re delighted that, having campaigned for many years, the 10th March 2014 will finally see reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 come into force. This means that many people will find that their conviction becomes ‘spent’ a lot sooner than it did previously. It only applies in England and Wales, but the changes