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Graduate can appeal High Court decision over job scheme.

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 been given right to appeal decision Credit: ITV Central

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.

Unpaid job scheme ruled 'lawful'

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".

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