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Once again, the Conservative Party has been found to have trampled over UK citizens’ human rights – and, once again, they are refusing to make proper reparations for the offence.

I remember the Cait Reilly ‘Poundland’ case very well – I covered it in detail at the time. See this article for an example of the coverage.

The facts are clear: The Conservatives stole £130 million from people who could ill-afford the loss – no doubt in the hope that their victims would go away and die.

Now they are determined to keep almost 99 per cent of that money, despite the court’s ruling.

It is time their crimes were exposed for what they are – and the perpetrators imprisoned for committing them.

The Tory government is planning to refund almost £2 million in benefit sanctions to 4,000 jobseekers after breaching their human rights.

It comes five years after a legal fight over the Tories’ hated ‘workfare’ schemes – which forced jobseekers to work for free or have their benefits docked.

The saga began in 2013, when graduate Cait Reilly won a Court of Appeal victory over her unpaid work placement in Poundland.

Judges found the government had not described its back-to-work schemes in enough detail when establishing them in 2011.

So an emergency law was passed in 2013 to make the schemes legal – and stop Tory ministers having to refund £130 million to those who’d had their benefits sanctioned.

It later emerged, however, that the 2013 legal change had led to thousands of appeals by jobseekers being unsuccessful.

A court found this group of jobseekers had lost their right to a fair hearing under Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Officials also said the DWP will only repay a “very specific, small group” – people who:

  • Had been sanctioned on jobseekers’ allowance, AND
  • Had a live appeal on the tribunal system on 26 Match 2013, AND
  • The appeal related to compliance with the 2011 laws that outlined ‘workfare’ schemes, or the referral notification letters they received.

Campaigners today… said the payments do not go far enough.

Source: DWP set to refund 4,000 jobseekers almost £2million in benefit sanctions after breaching their human rights – Mirror Online

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