Mate you are spot on here.
I did not see your post before but i mentioned something along these lines in one of my posts on another thread.
I cannot see anything happening or changing anytime soon because of the 2014 changes.
I do agree that something needs to be done and improvements need to be made.
We should all get together agree on a petition and lodge it online the gov website and try to make a stand.
Even once your convictions are spent if you want a decent job and even some unskilled basic jobs the employer will always find out because of the standard DBS check so you cant win because your convictions will come up anyway. They say you have more legal power behind you in this case because they cant discriminate against someone with spent convictions but its obvious they do and will do every time unless they are sympathetic like the chap from the other thread who has a criminal background himself.
I am beginning to learn that its a no win situation. I am lucky enough to have a job at the moment but i know 100% and my managers 100% acknowledge that i am capable of far better but my past is preventing me from being able to better myself which is really depressing. I know i put myself in the situation i am in today but i just wish more employers were sympathetic and acknowledge we are all human.
We can only pray for change to legislation in the future.
Other alternative is to go self employed or start your own business but with high start up costs involved sometimes and more often than not its impossible.