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Victory for graduate in Poundland work scheme

by on February 12, 2013

We blogged last year about Cait Reilly’s claim disputing the legality of the requirement that she work for free at Poundland. We were interested in the claim as Ms Reilly, a 24 year old geology graduate, was one of a number of young job seekers affected by the work-for-benefits-scheme. Many of the reader comments at the time focused on her youth and graduate status when voicing their views about her work ethic.

People of other ages were similarly affected by the scheme including Jamieson Wilson, a 40-year-old unemployed HGV driver.

Today both have succeeded in their claims that the unpaid schemes were unlawful. As reported here in The Guardian the judges have ruled that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions acted unlawfully by not giving the unemployed basic information about the schemes. This included information about the penalties they faced and their rights to appeal against being made to work unpaid.

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