Public supports ban on long unpaid internships

Morning Star

MOST people support proposed legislation that would ban unpaid internships lasting more than four weeks, a survey by the Social Mobility Commission reported yesterday.
The independent commission’s survey of almost 5,000 adults showed that three out of four people would support legal limits.

The poll was published ahead of the second reading of Lord Holmes of Richmond’s Private Member’s Bill proposing a ban on unpaid work experience or internships lasting more than a month.

Former Labour cabinet member Alan Milburn, who chairs the commission, said: “Unpaid internships are a modern scandal which must end.

“Internships have become a route to a good professional job, but access to them tends to depend on who, not what, you know and young people from low-income backgrounds are excluded because they are unpaid.

“Unpaid internships are damaging for social mobility. It is time to consign them to history.”

Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said unpaid internships are a major hurdle for those trying to get into competitive sectors such as the media, the City and the arts.
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