Tuesday, 12 February 2013

High Court Finds Most Back-To-Work Schemes Unlawful

Well done Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson for your doggedness; for not letting this government off the hook with its unlawful back-to-work slave labour schemes.

Reilly was forced to work without wages, or lose benefits, at a Poundshop, even though the meaningful voluntary work she was carrying out in a museum was more relevant to her qualifications.

While Wilson, an unemployed lorry driver, had his benefits sanctioned for refusing to take on an unpaid cleaning job.  

Today a panel of High Court Judges found that that rules underpinning most back-to-work schemes to be unlawful and quashed them.

The sheer arrogance of this government reaches new heights on a daily basis. Today the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has, on hearing of a ruling against them on one of their back-to-work schemes, vowed it will not recompense anyone sanctioned by them who haven't been seriously seeking work. Indeed, it is examining 'options' to avoid compensating people unlawfully sanctioned.

The two halves of this government do not properly fit together. It is fundamentally a weak government full of unimaginative and lazy ministers who lurch from one 'quick-fix' solution to the next. We must be vigilant and continuously searching the fault lines in their policy; chipping away at their weaknesses - that is an inability to govern through fair measures.

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