On Tuesday 19th March 2013 the Tories voted to overturn a court judgement telling them they must pay back the money they stole from illegal sanctions. Meanwhile the majority of Labour abstained from the vote.
It’s a steal – The Jobseekers (back to work schemes) bill
On Tuesday 19 March 2013 the Tory coalition retrospectively changed the law on Workfare preventing refund of illegally sanctioned Job Seekers Allowance.
The reasoning behind the law change is that “The Government cannot afford to pay back what it illegally sanctioned”.
It sent a message that if citizens defeat the Government in court, it can overturn that court ruling retrospectively with primary legislation – effectively making the Government above the law if it chose to do so.
It is akin to a council putting in a law change to prevent members of the public claiming damages for breaking their arm/leg falling down a pothole –…
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