Private companies paid to get ex-convicts back to work

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Private companies paid to get ex-convicts back to work

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:39 pm

Private companies and charities will be responsible for looking after ex-convicts and will be paid almost £6,000 for each one they get into work.


Chris Grayling, the employment minister Photo: CLARA MOLDEN

More than 30,000 people leaving prison each year will be referred to a specialist employment adviser who will be “paid on results” for finding them a job. Jobcentre staff will also be posted in prison to help convicts before release.

Prisoners refusing to co-operate with the Work Programme will lose benefits.

The scheme is to be introduced after research showed that a third of all those claiming jobseeker’s allowance had criminal records and that two years after being released from prison, 47 per cent of offenders were still claiming out-of-work benefits.

Chris Grayling, the employment minister, said: “Getting former offenders into work is crucial to tackling crime. The rate of reoffending in Britain is far too high. In the past we sent people out on to the same streets where they offended with virtually no money and very little support. We’re working to change that.”

The Government is also changing the system under which people being released from jail have to wait a week before claiming benefits, which is thought to lead many to return to crime within days. In future, handouts will be available immediately.

Mr Grayling also supported moves to consider allowing released prisoners to conceal their criminal record when applying for jobs. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I certainly think there is a case for examining the system. The key thing is not so much trying to cover up someone's past. [It is to] persuade employers that they should give someone a second chance."

He said companies taking on former prisoners would then be repaid with loyalty. "It is in all of our interests that people coming out of prison are given good support. We have got to prevent reoffending," he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9125249/Private-companies-paid-to-get-ex-convicts-back-to-work.html

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Re: Private companies paid to get ex-convicts back to work

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:09 pm

Haven't they noticed unemployment is on the up? If law abiding people cant get jobs what chance the ex cons?
Also you have to wonder if they can afford this 6000 bonus why not just give that to the convict as a wage?
I wonder how many lots of £6000 will get paid out for jobs that last a week and suddenly it redundancy time!

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Re: Private companies paid to get ex-convicts back to work

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:40 am

There's no way Employers would employ an X Crim in any employment, unless it was clearing up litter. They would rather employ honest hard working decent people.

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Re: Private companies paid to get ex-convicts back to work

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:45 pm

Exactly! Also if they can afford £6,000 to get ex cons back into work why is this service not available to law abiding people who are out of work? No

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