Thousands of people with minor convictions will no longer have to declare them to prospective employers under law change


Thousands of people with criminal records will no longer have to declare minor convictions to employers under new laws that wipe “spent” convictions and cautions from their records.

The Government is to scrap a rule where anyone with more than one conviction, no matter how minor, is required to disclose them to a prospective employer for the rest of their lives.

Ministers are also ditching a similar requirement for youth cautions, reprimands and warnings for assaults, thefts or criminal damage that have had to be declared for jobs.

The new plan would mean thefts, drug offences and some assaults