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Graduate's workfare victory: the response
12 February 2013 12:59 PM
Less than happy about workfare? You're not the only one.
As it's been decided in court today that the back-to-work scheme breached laws, many have since expressed their dismay.
Graduate Cait Reilly has won a legal challenge after claiming that the government scheme forces people to work without pay. She said was forced to leave her voluntary role at a museum to work unpaid at Poundland under the scheme. She was told if she didn't carry out the work placement, she would lose her Jobseeker's Allowance.
Jamie Wilson's lawyers also said his work placement would have involved him working unpaid for 30 hours per week for six months - and he succeeded in his claims that the unpaid schemes were legally flawed.
Employment minister Mark Hoban said he was disappointed and surprised at the court's decision on the regulations.
Public Interest Lawyers said: “The result is that over the past two years the Government has unlawfully required tens of thousands of unemployed people to work without pay and unlawfully stripped thousands more of their subsistence benefits.”
As #workfare trends on Twitter, here are some responses on the subject: