Cait Reilly
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Birmingham graduate unhappy stacking shelves

A Birmingham graduate is taking legal action against the government over a scheme which she says forces people to do unpaid work.

Cait Reilly is trying to find work in the museum sector but she said her JobCentre Plus adviser told her she had to work for free at a Poundland store stacking shelves for two weeks or risk losing her benefits.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is due to respond to Ms Reilly's case on 14 December.

Poundland said in a statement its work experience is designed to help people find work in the retail sector.

  • 05 Dec 2011