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Prisons and Courts Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:32 pm on 20th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire 8:32 pm, 20th March 2017

At the very least, we need fairness across the system. What concerns me is that some local authorities have a blanket approach of telling ex-offenders to wait a couple of years. My local authority, Central Bedfordshire Council, has a very good policy. It is concerned about antisocial behaviour, and it does not really mind whether someone is an ex-offender; it wants to know whether that person will be a good tenant. As long as they are a good tenant, the council does not discriminate against them. I think that that is a good and practical policy.