Employment of People with Criminal Convictions - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 26 February 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Burt of Solihull Baroness Burt of Solihull Liberal Democrat 3:08, 26 February 2024

My Lords, I know—because I told him about it this morning—that the Minister is aware of the ban the box campaign to do away with the criminal convictions tick box on job application forms so that applicants can be assessed on their skills before their past mistakes. We know that work after prison dramatically reduces reoffending rates and helps to create a safer society. It helps companies to access a rich talent pool, yet three-quarters of them discriminate against applicants with convictions, excluding millions of jobseekers from the market. I thank the Minister for agreeing to look into this campaign, led by the charity Business in the Community, to see how the Government might support it.