Welfare Reform Bill — Report (5th Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:30 pm on 23rd January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope Chair, Information Committee (Lords), Chair, Information Committee (Lords) 10:30 pm, 23rd January 2012

Perhaps I could concur with the point made by the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie. I support these amendments. As I said in Grand Committee, the key thing-I am a non-executive director of the Wise Group and we run one of these projects very successfully-is that the people who do the work are ex-cons themselves. My suggestion is that more Jobcentre Plus staff should be recruited from ex-convicts in future so that these programmes can be run positively. That is a facetious way of putting it, but this is a serious point.