A client recently raised the issue of hidden consequences of a criminal conviction. Her son aged 22, had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply. He received a 2 year suspended sentence.
When she came to renew her home insurance she discovered that this was a disclosable, material fact. Both her home and car insurance are now incredibly expensive, and she estimates that for the 6 year period it will take before her son’s conviction is spent, the increased insurance costs will amount to about £8,000.
Coupled this with recent changes in the budget to apply the national living wage from the age of 25 and to remove housing benefit from young people, there is every incentive for parents to throw their children out and then for those children to have to resort to crime in the very difficult circumstances they then face.
A lack of joined up thinking in the Ministry of Justice relating to the rehabilitation of young offenders and appreciation for hidden consequences.