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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.

Marks and Spencer to provide 1,400 work placements

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 13:27 -- nick

High Street chain Marks and Spencer is to create 1,400 work placements for young people, an eight-fold increase in the number it usually offers.

Developed with the Prince's Trust charity, the placements will be open to 16-24 year olds who will receive on-the-job training and the chance to gain full-time employment with the retailer.

Companies taking free work placees from government schemes to be named

Mon, 20/05/2013 - 18:09 -- nick

The government must publish the names of those organisations that have provided work placements to unemployed people who were referred through public schemes.

A court has ruled that companies' names can no longer be kept secret at the end of a 15-month Freedom of Information process, which saw the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) fight campaigners including Boycott Workfare.

Charities being bullied off Work Programme - DWP

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:32 -- nick

DWP has claimed that charities are being intimidated into leaving the government's Work Programme by online activists.

This comes in the wake of Sue Ryder, the care and hospice provider, exiting the Programme's Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme on Monday.

It had previously included 1,000 unemployed people among its 'volunteers', but released a statement which said:

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.


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