High Court Rule Unpaid Work Scheme 'Incompatible' With Human Rights Laws

The High Court has ruled that emergency laws introduced by the government in 2012 that allowed its back-to-work scheme to place jobseekers in unpaid work, is "incompatible" with the European Convention on Human Rights.

The emergency laws were put in place after Cait Reilly challenged being made to work for free in Poundland, arguing that it breached her human rights.

The High Court has now ruled that the retrospective legislation "interfered with the right to a fair trial under Article Six of the Convention on Human Rights."

It is understood that the Government will appeal the ruling.


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