Protect people from misuse of “soft evidence.”

So many jobs now require applicants to go through the "disclosure" procedure. It is one thing for someone to be rejected for a job on the basis of a solid criminal conviction, proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. However, it is appalling that people are routinely refused employment on the grounds of nothing more than unproven and unsubstantiated allegations or rumours. This "soft evidence" should prompt the police to investigate further, but should not be passed on to employers so that they can callously discriminate against innocent people.

To quote from "Here is Wosdom":

"We have changed from a culture where you were considered innocent unless your guilt had been proven beyond reasonable doubt and you had been convicted in a court of law of a specific crime, to one where there are now many degrees of innocence categorised by various levels of unproven suspicion."

Why is this idea important?

So many jobs now require applicants to go through the "disclosure" procedure. It is one thing for someone to be rejected for a job on the basis of a solid criminal conviction, proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. However, it is appalling that people are routinely refused employment on the grounds of nothing more than unproven and unsubstantiated allegations or rumours. This "soft evidence" should prompt the police to investigate further, but should not be passed on to employers so that they can callously discriminate against innocent people.

To quote from "Here is Wosdom":

"We have changed from a culture where you were considered innocent unless your guilt had been proven beyond reasonable doubt and you had been convicted in a court of law of a specific crime, to one where there are now many degrees of innocence categorised by various levels of unproven suspicion."

Repeal Section 44 (Terrorism Act 2000)

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29
 

Why is this idea important?

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 gives wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to the Police without requiring prior reason, these are used frequently to stop photographers, campers, members of parliament, cricketers and BBC staff from undertaking their normal day-to-day activities:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_Act_2000#Section_44_powers_.28stop_and_search.29