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

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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  1. I’ve had nothing but a positive experience employing ex offenders in the past and hope my current employer (NHS) can see past generalised assumptions and instead support this pool of talent into paid meaningful employment.

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