Poundland grad was paid jobseeker's allowance says Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith has issued a direct rebuke at Birmingham graduate Cait Reilly, who challenged having to work for free at a local Poundland store or face losing unemployment benefits.

You have to learn early that if you commit to something you stay by and do it.

She was paid jobseeker's allowance by the taxpayer to do this.

– Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary

Iain Duncan Smith has also lashed out at graduates who consider themselves "too good" to stack supermarket shelves. He's announced that he will not back down after the flagship back-to-work scheme was ruled legally flawed.

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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.