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Jobseekers 2 government 0 - Duncan Smith loses Poundland case again

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 13:00 -- nick

The government has lost the Poundland case for a second time as the UK's supreme court threw out its appeal - but appeared not to know it had happened.

The case concerned forced work experience and was brought by Cait Reilly, a graduate who claimed she had been unlawfully made to work in the budget high street chain.

Reilly believed her human rights had been breached, but the original ruling did not support this.

Interns could get wages paid - government

Tue, 14/05/2013 - 13:43 -- nick

The government is to crack down on bad employers and ensure those who work for free get paid what they deserve.

167 interns and those on free work experience placements had wages paid last year after the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) intervened in their cases.

In total nearly £200,000 was reclaimed, and BIS is aiming to fight more cases this year.

It will publish a leaflet shortly advising interns on their rights, and will launch a social media campaign to back this up.

Work experience when young boosts income - research

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 12:40 -- nick

Undertaking work experience placements while still at school improves earnings later in life, a study has found.

Research by the Education and Employers Taskforce, the charity that aims to link schools with employers, shows that those pupils who go through four or more work experience placements earn an average of £23,100 by their mid-20s, £3,600-a-year more than those who did less.

IDS - graduates not too good to work in supermarkets

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:06 -- nick

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Ian Duncan Smith has hit out at graduates who believe they are too good to work in supermarkets.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Duncan Smith denied that his work experience programmes were a form of slave labour, and criticised geology graduate Cait Reilly who had brought a successful court case against the government alledging this.

Oakley defends mandatory work programmes

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 13:05 -- nick

Matthew Oakley, the head of enterprise, growth and social policy at Policy Exchange - the conservative think tank - has written in defence of mandatory work programmes in today's Guardian.

He believes that these schemes "offer huge benefits to benefit claimants", putting the case for work experience while lacking understanding of the harm that making it compulsory does to those already low on confidence.

The article is light on statistics, unsurprising when the Work Programme is currently supporting just 3.5% of its clients in to sustained work.

No halt to unpaid work experience schemes

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 12:37 -- nick

The government has confirmed there will be no break in its mandatory work experience schemes.

Yesterday's Court of Appeal ruling on the cases of Cait Reilly and Jamie Wilson stopped these programmes on a technicality, not because the 'forced labour' claim was upheld.

Ministers at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) brought in new regulations last night which it believes will allow it to require jobseekers to take part in compulsory schemes.

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.

People on sickness benefit to access work experience

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 19:41 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has released information on a new voluntary scheme to support sickness benefits claimants to access work experience:

'People on sickness benefits who are expected to be able to get back to work at some point in the future will, from Monday, be able to take part in voluntary work experience to help them move towards a job.

Young people forced in to work experience

Tue, 13/11/2012 - 17:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced a new work experience pilot for young people in Derbyshire.

Designed and run by the local Jobcentre Plus, the scheme will target around 2,000 18 to 24 year olds in the district who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for more than six months, yet have gained little or no recent work experience. They will have to take part in an eight week programme, will be expected to do 30 hours of work for the benefit of their communities and will also receive six hours of intensive job seeking support per week.

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