As a controversial ‘back to work’ scheme which was at the centre of a high-profile case involving Willenhall-based Poundland was legally flawed, the UK’s highest court today ruled, we want your opinions.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith failed in a bid to overturn an earlier ruling that regulations underpinning the flagship Government scheme were invalid.
The case was brought by former Poundland worker Cait Reilly from Birmingham, who claimed that requiring her to work for nothing breached laws on forced labour.
The 24-year-old, who had to leave her voluntary work at a local museum and work unpaid at the Poundland store in Kings Heath, said: “I am really pleased with today’s judgment, which I hope will serve to improve the current system and assist jobseekers who have been unfairly stripped of their benefits.”
David Cameron said the scheme was an effective way of getting people work.
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