Time taken for certain convictions to become spent will be reduced
Sometime in 2023
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 will reduce the time taken for certain convictions to become ‘spent’, and no longer automatically disclosed for the purpose of employment checks.
The changes will apply as follows:
1. Custodial sentences of up to one year will become ‘spent’ after 12 months without re-offending.
2. Convictions between one and four years will become ‘spent’ after four crime-free years.
3. Sentences of over four years do not need to be automatically disclosed to employers where there has been a seven-year period of rehabilitation.