Companies promised fee for giving ex-prisoners work


Companies will be given £5,600 each time they get an ex-prisoner into work and keep them on for more than two years, the government has announced. Ministers are promising that those who are released from jails in England, Scotland and Wales and move on to jobseeker's allowance will be placed straight on to the Work Programme. They say this will provide specialist help to make them more employable and reduce re-offending. Ex-inmates have high joblessness rates

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