Sounds fine to me - the salary goes to the exchequer not the prisoner surely?
But why is it fine for the Government to enable prisoners to earn more than many who haven't committed a crime, let alone the comparison with the pay of private soldiers and that the arrangement is anti-competitive?
How much the Prison service might charge prisoners labour out at doesn't have any correlation with armed service pay as far as I can see.
If we (the good and honest loyal subjects of the Crown) can make a profit out of these scumbags then lets do it!
The Government enables criminals, whose living costs are minimal, to take jobs which could be done by the law-abiding who then find themselves on benefits.
Good thinking, well done.
The prisoners do the jobs that are currently done by idle layabout council workers who are then, in turn, forced out to get real jobs and stop being a burden to those of us who work for a living and pay taxes to keep all these nob-ends in clover.
Bottom line - if you are so totally useless that you can't get a job, ever, tough luck- you die. An 18 month limit on benefits for those who haven't paid enough into the system would be a bloody good start to get all those bone idle scroungers off their arrses.
Arrangements for the disabled are already in place.