• News Feeds
Page last updated at 10:02 GMT, Thursday, 12 January 2012

Poundland 'forced labour' claim


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.

Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific