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Back to Work Scheme judged unlawful
« on: Feb 12, 2013, 11:45 »
By Ian Dunt

The government scheme which forced a woman to work for Poundland for a month without pay breached laws banning slavery and forced labour, the court of appeal found today.

The ruuling could effectively quash the government's work experience programme, which forced benefit recipients to do unpaid work for profitable companies or risk losing their entitlements.

Cait Reilly, 23, and Jamieson Wilson, 40, were subject to a form of forced labour which breached article four of the European convention on human rights, three judges unanimously ruled.

"Today's judgment sends Iain Duncan Smith back to the drawing board to make fresh regulations which are fair and comply with the court's ruling," solicitor Tessa Gregory said.

"All of those who have been stripped of their benefits have a right to claim the money back that has been unlawfully taken away from them."

Court quashes IDS' back-to-work scheme

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Re: Back to Work Scheme judged unlawful
« Reply #1 on: Feb 12, 2013, 22:18 »
So slave labour is illegal...Rich get richer etc

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