Taking benefits for nothing – these days are over says Duncan Smith

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has said today that days where people could take benefits and do nothing for them are over.

He's also made an individual hit out at Birmingham graduate Cait Reilly, who challenged having to work at Poundland for free.

Duncan Smith says that she was being paid jobseeker's allowance by the taxpayer to do this.

The governments flagship back-to-work scheme was ruled legally flawed earlier this month, when Cait Reilly won her case at the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Work and Pensions Secretary is now implementing emergency regulations to deal with the Court of Appeal ruling.

Cait Reilly was working for free at a museum – experience relative to her degree Credit: ITV News Central

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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.