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BENEFITS ARE A RIGHT

Did something on this subject and this girl some months ago.
She is now in litigation and claiming the govt. is making a slave out of her by making her work someplace for no salary.
BUT .... she is drawing benefits of $83.20 a week.  I put it in American dollars but in pounds it’s, £53.45.
Her argument is also that she was working as a volunteer at a museum which is serving the public.  So working at the equivalent of our American Dollar stores
where she doesn’t even get the minimum wage, is unlawful. It’s forced labor since if she doesn’t work there, she will lose her benefits. Yikes.
I don’t get her at all.  She is drawing benefits and had to work for two weeks. That’s 2, as in two weeks. Out of the whole damn year. That leaves 50 weeks of benefits while she is “looking” for work she wants to do. 

Was reading a novel not too long ago, takes place in late 1800s, and the description of the kinds of life that even children had is unimaginable.
How about no benefits, no social security and a bowl porridge around 5 or 6am and then work til 10 at night when you might get another bowl of porridge.
Those were the days my friend, your luck they’re at an end. 

The case continues and it’ll be interesting to learn how the court will act on this.  She is not the only one to complain.

Being made to work for Poundland ‘was like forced labour’ says jobless graduate in human rights claim

Cait Reilly’s lawyers say programme breached Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibiting slavery and forced labour
The 22-year-old said she spent by five hours a day sweeping up and stacking and cleaning shelves at Poundland in Birmingham
Another claimant, Mechanic Jamieson Wilson, refused to do 30 hours’ unpaid labour a week cleaning furniture for six months
Lawyer compares taking away jobseekers’ benefits to putting asylum seekers in detention centres

By NICK MCDERMOTT

A graduate made to work for her jobless benefits as a shelf stacker in Poundland yesterday claimed the scheme amounted to ‘forced labour’ which breached her human rights.

Cait Reilly yesterday asked the High Court to declare the Government’s back-to-work programme unlawful after she was required to work in the budget store or risk losing her £53.45-a-week jobseeker’s allowance.

The 23-year-old said she had to give up a voluntary post in a museum to take the placement but was promised a job interview if she completed two weeks training at Poundland. However, she says, that never materialised.

The Government is fighting her claim and strongly denies that its flagship work programme, which has placed thousands of jobseekers on unpaid placements since its launch last year, is equivalent to ‘slave labour’.

Unemployed mechanic Jamieson Wilson, 41, is also challenging the legality of another Government work scheme that compels the jobless to take unpaid work.

Lawyers for the pair are seeking a judicial review into the Department for Work and Pensions programme, saying it violates Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits forced labour and slavery.

The schemes, championed by Employment Minister Chris Grayling, aim to help 250,000 young people over the next two years through training and unpaid experience in the public, private and charity sectors. Placement-providers include chains such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Argos and Asda.

Miss Reilly, who graduated in geology from Birmingham University in 2010, was placed on the scheme after attending a retail jobs ‘open day’ in October last year at the suggestion of her Jobcentre Plus adviser.

Miss Reilly had undertaken the work under ‘menace of penalty’ in breach of her human rights, she added.

The court was told Poundland is a successful firm with a net turnover of £500million, and her placement did not contribute to the public interest.

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