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Hit out on 'forced labour'

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has hit out at the Birmingham University graduate who won her Court of Appeal claim that she was forced to abandon volunteering at a museum to work for free at Poundland.

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Graduate wins Court of Appeal claim against forced work

University graduate Cait Reilly has won her Court of Appeal claim that requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store breached laws banning slavery and forced labour.

Miss Reilly who is 23 and from Birmingham claimed that the unpaid scheme she was on violated article four of the European Convention on Human Rights.

High Court judge Mr Justice Foskett criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the lack of clarity of their letters which warned claimants of a potential loss of benefits if they failed to participate in the schemes without good reason, and called for improved clarity.

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