Esther McVey
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Employment minister defiant despite 'back to work' ruling

The government has lost a Supreme Court appeal over a ruling its flagship "back to work" schemes were legally flawed.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith failed in a bid to overturn an earlier ruling that regulations underpinning the schemes were invalid.

The case was brought by former Poundland worker Cait Reilly, who claimed that requiring her to work for nothing breached laws on forced labour.

Speaking to the BBC, employment minister Esther McVey said the government had, to some extent, been vindicated as the judges said its "motivation" was genuine and that "forced labour" accusations were invalid.

  • 30 Oct 2013
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