In a shocking abuse of state power – which could have a chilling impact on the independence of the courts – Iain Duncan Smith is attempting to reverse the impact of a recent Appeal Court judgement by re-writing history.
In the recent workfare case brought by Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson, the DWP were found to have unlawfully sanctioned thousands of benefit claims. The court ruled that the legislation upon which forced unpaid work was based was not legal and the information given to claimants did not fully inform them of what would happen it they failed to attend workfare. Which was that benefits could be stopped, for up to six months.
In other words, the DWP’s bodged information meant many claimants lost significant sums of money through no fault of their own. The Court of Appeal ruling meant that unemployed people who had benefit claims stopped or reduced illegally…
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