Monthly summary – February 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for February 2020. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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Help us plan our future work

As a small charity rooted in the experiences of people with a criminal record, it’s really important that our work is shaped by the needs of the people that we exist to help. We are developing our plans for Unlock’s work in the next few years. We want to make sure that they reflect what […]

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Monthly summary – January 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for January 2020. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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New step-by-step video for Unlock’s Disclosure Calculator

Our Disclosure Calculator is a web tool that makes it simple to calculate when convictions become ‘spent’ and no longer need to be disclosed to employers and insurers. Feedback from users highlighted that our calculator user guide could be improved with the use of images to help individuals navigate their way through the Disclosure Calculator […]

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New service for hearing and speech impaired callers

To help improve the reach of our helpline, people with hearing and/or speech difficulties will now be able to contact us using the Relay UK service. Callers can download the Relay UK app to their mobile phone or tablet or use it via their textphone (Minicom or Uniphone) by adding 18001 before our helpline telephone […]

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Recently left prison and claimed Universal Credit? What do you think to the DWP’s guidance?

Last year the Department for Work and Pensions created some new guidance to help people leaving prison understand how to claim Universal Credit. To look at how effective the guidance has been and to help the DWP improve future products, they’re looking for feedback. We wanted to share this across our networks, so that people […]

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Launch of #FairChecks – A fresh start for the criminal records system

Together with the charity Transform Justice, Unlock has launched the #FairCheck movement to help push for a fresh start for the criminal records system. Our outdated criminal records regime is holding hundreds of thousands of people back from participating fully in society. Even a minor criminal history can produce lifelong barriers to employment, volunteering, housing […]

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Moving on: The seven criminal record stages – leaving prison

This month we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ section which provides information on one of the seven criminal record stages – leaving prison. A copy of the article can be found below. Many people who contact our helpline are looking for answers to specific questions. However, some say “I’ve just been […]

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