Pound­land grad­u­ate wins no pay case

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A GRAD­U­ATE who was forced to work at Pound­land for free has won an ap­peal to deal a ma­jor blow for the Government’s backto-work schemes.

Cait Reilly, 24, from Birm­ing­ham, ar­gued that be­ing made to work in the dis­count shop for noth­ing while look­ing for per­ma­nent work was il­le­gal.

Jamieson Wil­son, 40, an un­em­ployed HGV driver from Not­ting­ham who was stripped of job­seeker’s al­lowance for re­fus­ing an un­paid clean­ing role, also won his le­gal chal­lenge.

Lord Jus­tice Pill, Lady Jus­tice Black and Sir Stan­ley Burn­ton said the rules be­hind most of back-to-work schemes were un­law­ful.

The pair’s so­lic­i­tors claimed the rul­ing meant any­one docked job­seek­ers’ al­lowance for not com­ply­ing with schemes could de­mand the money back.

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