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Govt loses 'back-to-work' appeal

The Government today lost a Supreme Court appeal over a ruling that its flagship "back to work" schemes were legally flawed.

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Work Secretary reacts to 'back-to-work' scheme ruling

Work Secretary Iain Duncan Smith claimed a victory in the Supreme Court today despite it ruling that the 'back-to-work' schemes are legally flawed. He said:

We are very pleased that the Supreme Court today unanimously upheld our right to require those claiming jobseeker's allowance to take part in programmes which will help get them into work.

We have always said that it was ridiculous to say that our schemes amounted to forced labour, and yet again we have won this argument.

Ultimately this judgment confirms that it is right that we expect people to take getting into work seriously if they want to claim benefits.

– Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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