30/10/2013

Supreme Court Rule Against Govt In Work Scheme Appeal

The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that the government's flagship "back to work" scheme was legally flawed.

Ministers had brought a case to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn an earlier ruling that regulations underpinning the schemes were invalid.

Graduate Cait Reilly brought the original case arguing that requiring her to work at Poundland "for nothing" breached laws on forced labour.

In February the Court of Appeal ruled against the government over the way the scheme is explained to those taking part. A ruling that the five Supreme Court judges upheld.

The Supreme Court however rejected a counter-appeal against the scheme, upholding an appeal court ruling in favour of the government saying that the scheme did not constitute compulsory of forced labour.

(MH/CD)

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