Departmental Work Experience

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th January 2012.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines his Department issues to its non-departmental public bodies on the employment of unpaid interns.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

As I informed the hon. Member in my answer to her question of 21 November 2011, Hansard, columns 58-59W, neither my Department nor the public bodies that we are responsible for, has had any unpaid or expenses-only internships in the last 12 months (in answering that question, I distinguished internships from work shadowing and volunteering).

In that context, my Department has not issued specific advice on interns, but we would expect our public bodies to have regard to the Government's Social Mobility Strategy published in April 2011 (page 56 specifically addresses the issue of payment to interns).

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