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UK taken to court over migrant benefits

Fri, 31/05/2013 - 12:34 -- nick

The UK is to be taken to court for discriminating against EU nationals on benefit entitlements.

Britain applies a 'habitual residence test' to all EU nationals who want to claim benefits here, but the European Commission already has its own rules to work out in which country a worker should claim.

It says this extra test is illegal, and has started proceedings at the European Court of Justice.

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith vowed to fight the case "every step of the way".

Government to rush law to stop benefit refunds to placees

Tue, 19/03/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

The government, aided by the Labour opposition, is to rush through legislation to stop it having to repay those claimants who lost benefits through being wrongly sanctioned over work experience.

The Guardian is reporting that the opposition is likely to abstain from the vote, meaning a bill can move through parliament and become law quickly.

The bill has been drafted in response to the appeal court ruling last month in the case of Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson, who had been forced to undertake work experience.

Unpaid work scheme is illegal, says court - with comment

Tue, 12/02/2013 - 13:39 -- nick

The government's unpaid work scheme has been ruled illegal by the Court of Appeal.

24-year-old Cat Reilly, a graduate who had been forced to work at Poundland for free while claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, brought the action, claiming it breached forced labour rules.

Unemployed HGV driver Jamieson Wilson, 40, was also named in the case.

The three-judge panel agreed with the pair, ruling that they had not received enough information about penalties for not complying and about their right to appeal.

Job applicants may no longer have to include all convictions

Wed, 30/01/2013 - 12:51 -- nick

Jobseekers may no longer have to include all their criminal convictions in any employment application they make.

A ruling by the Court of Appeal said it was “disproportionate” to require job applicants to disclose all previous records, including spent offences.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, plans to appeal this decision, believing it could put children at risk by making it harder to get all relevant information. Her spokesperson said:

“We are disappointed by this judgement and are seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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