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Government's work-for-benefits scheme ruled illegal

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NC78 Tue 12-Feb-13 17:23:57


Darkesteyes Tue 12-Feb-13 17:00:53

Good for cait and co. Glad about this ruling. One of them has popped up on the thread thats in Chat.

Dawndonna Tue 12-Feb-13 14:58:01

Although not given leave to appeal, the dwp intend to go to the supreme court. This means this could drag on for years, and they have stated, no financial redress until all legal avenues are exhausted. So, no monies owing to those who were illegally penalised.
Unfortunately, it looks as though they agreed with the principal of workfare, but not the way in which it was conducted, so slave labour still exists.

ttosca Tue 12-Feb-13 14:16:57

Good news, but not nearly good enough. The principle of forced unpaid work was upheld.

limitedperiodonly Tue 12-Feb-13 14:07:58

usualsuspect it can only be a matter of time.

BTW I used your name on another thread to describe these people. It's nothing personal smile

usualsuspect Tue 12-Feb-13 14:04:55

I'm sure they will pop up on this thread soon.

limitedperiodonly Tue 12-Feb-13 14:02:32

I'm glad she's won and the man too. But I wonder if the DWP will just change the rules.

It's a popular policy amongst lots of people who believe everyone on benefits is a scrounger who deserves to be punished.

When they pop up on these threads I always ask them to explain how the Work Programme creates jobs and saves taxpayers money because it does exactly the opposite.

I've never had an answer but it doesn't stop them.

Procrastinating Tue 12-Feb-13 13:44:57

I'm glad she won, but afraid lalalonglegs might be right.

lalalonglegs Tue 12-Feb-13 13:33:01

I'm not sure it is good though - it's not a result on principle that it is unfair to make people work for nothing in jobs that aren't going to serve them any purpose. It's more one of those loophole victories and the government has already closed that particular loophole so it won't stop others being pressured into joining these schemes.

Patchouli Tue 12-Feb-13 13:32:33


AnyaKnowIt Tue 12-Feb-13 13:30:59


edam Tue 12-Feb-13 13:27:12

Good. Maybe now the government will realise they can't treat people unlawfully, can't refuse to tell them about their rights, can't force them to stop work experience/volunteering that might actually help them get a job... and can't force them to undermine other people's jobs by providing free labour for multi-million pound corporations.

usualsuspect Tue 12-Feb-13 13:22:09


lalalonglegs Tue 12-Feb-13 13:19:39

Cait Reilly, the woman who objected to being made to work for free at Poundland, has won her case (sort of). The judges have ruled that the DWP didn't give enough information to unemployed "workers" about their rights before they were made to "volunteer" at these stores and other places of work story here.

The government has now released new guidelines but people made to work since the scheme began, or denied benefits if they refused, could get a rebate.

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