30,000 prisoners to lose state benefits

Adrian Holliday

No dole money unless you join the government's Work Programme. That's the future for most ex-prisoners under new government plans, to be launched today.

Currently ex-prisoners are able to claim out-of-work state benefits for up to 12 months before being forced to join the Work Programme. It's thought up to 30,000 ex-prisoners a year will be affected.