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The effects of the ROA on people with convictions

We’ve given an interview to BBC West Midlands, talking about the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

You can listen to the interview below.


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  1. I received a criminal record when my ex-wife accused me of threatening to kill her in the most incredibly graphic way. Despite zero evidence I was convicted of Threats to kill. It has taken me since July 2019 until now to reconcile in my mind the cruelty and injustice of this but I have it and can do nothing about it. I haven’t worked since july 2019 as a result of depression and now anxiety. I am trying to get on with my life and would like to try to get back into employment. I recently applied for a job within the Royal Mail as a temporary delivery driver. My application was rejected. I fulfilled every criteria but I believe the rejection was the result of my declaration of my criminal record. I don’t know how to get a decent job and move on with my life. Can you advise me please? Please keep up the excellent work you are doing and hopefully things will change in the future.

    1. Hi Christian

      Really sorry to hear about your experience with Royal Mail and you’re probably right in saying that the rejection was due to your criminal record. Unfortunately, Royal Mail do have blanket bans on the recruitment of people with unspent convictions.

      If you could let me know what sentence or disposal you received when you went to court, I can advise when your conviction will become spent. Once spent, you will no longer need to disclose your conviction and it will not appear on a basic Disclosure and Barring Service check.

      Best wishes


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