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Poundland 'forced labour' claim

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A graduate made to work for free in Poundland in order to keep her unemployment benefit is taking legal action against the government.

Lawyers for Cait Reilly, who is from Birmingham, argue that a government scheme designed to get the jobless back to work amounts to forced labour.

Miss Reilly studied geology at university and was volunteering at a museum to gain experience in her chosen field but was told she could lose her £53.45 a week Jobseeker's Allowance if she turned down the unpaid stint at Poundland.

Jim Duffy of public interest lawyers is her solicitor and outlines the case.


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