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Unsafe Convictions

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) housing provision, (b) benefits, (c) support and (d) financial support prior to compensation being paid is available to those released from custodial sentences after the conviction was found to be unsafe; and if he will make a statement. [124513]

[holding answer 8 July 2003]: The Home Office funded advice service for individuals released on appeal against conviction was launched in January this year. It is being piloted by Citizens Advice at the Royal Courts of Justice. Citizens' Advice is not in a position to provide direct financial support but are an advisory link into other services. Citizens Advice will assist clients by advising on compensation processes, facilitating and supporting clients to access appropriate benefits and housing services. It will provide support for other aspects of reintegration into the community such as assisting the client to look for education, training and employment opportunities.