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New rules introduced to widen access to offender work placement scheme

Makbool Javaid

The Ministry of Justice has announced that 230 additional businesses have joined the work placement scheme to hire ex-offenders and new release on temporary licence rules will widen access to employment. A year after the New Futures Network scheme was introduced, 81% of firms say that employing offenders has helped their business and 79% of people think that businesses employing ex-offenders are making a positive contribution to society. A rule change will now allow prison Governors greater autonomy to grant Release on Temporary Licence to offenders following a rigorous risk assessment. This will allow offenders more opportunities to work and train with employers while serving their sentence and increase their chances of securing an immediate job on release.

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