A jobless graduate who lost her High Court fight over a government job scheme which she claimed breached human rights laws, has been granted permission to appeal against the decision.
Cait Reilly says she was forced to take an unpaid job at Poundland in order to keep her benefits. A High Court judge yesterday rejected her claim. Miss Reilly will now be able to take her fight to the Court of Appeal.
A High Court judge has rejected jobless graduate Cait Reilly's claim that a scheme requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store breached human rights laws banning slavery.
The Government back-to-work schemes were criticised as "forced labour" by a Birmingham graduate, but have been ruled lawful.
Mr Justice Foskett, sitting at the High Court in London, said:
"characterising such a scheme as involving or being analogous to 'slavery' or 'forced labour' seems to me to be a long way from contemporary thinking".
An unemployed university graduate who says she was forced to take an unpaid job stacking shelves at Poundland has begun an historic legal challenge against the government.
Cait Reilly from Birmingham claims it was a breach of her human rights.
The twenty three year old had to leave her voluntary work placement at a museum in order to take up the bargain store job. She feared if she didn't she would lose her job-seekers allowance.
A university graduate who says she was forced to do unpaid work at Poundland for fear of losing her benefits has begun a legal challenge against the government.
Cait Reilly argues that the action was a breach of her human rights.