Oct 30 2013
The Government's "back to work" schemes at the centre of the high-profile Poundland case were legally flawed, the UK's highest court ruled today.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith failed in a Supreme Court bid to overturn an earlier ruling that 2011 regulations underpinning the schemes were invalid.
Five Supreme Court justices upheld a Court of Appeal decision which went against the Government in February.
The schemes were condemned by critics a s ''slave labour'' because they involved work without pay and cuts in jobseeker's allowance for those who failed to comply with the rules.
But the Supreme Court ruled that regulations did not constitute forced or compulsory labour.
Those in favour had welcomed the schemes as an effective way of getting people into employment.