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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: freedom-of-information-re
 
xxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx
 
Our Ref: FOI 699
 
 

01 March 2012
Annex A 
 
Dear Mr Smith,  
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which we received on 16 February 2012. 
In that request, you asked: 
 
     
Please could you provide a list of organisations signed up to  provide 
unpaid work placements under the Mandatory Work Activity and 

  
Mandatory Work Programme schemes as referred by Jobcentre Plus, 
      
and the name of the linked providers in the Poole and Bournemouth area. 
 
The information you have requested is being withheld under Section 43(2) of the Freedom of 
Information Act 2000, this exemption relates to the commercial interests of the Department for 
Work and Pensions and any other company or organisation delivering services on our behalf. I 
consider that the exemption applies because disclosure could, or would be likely to, prejudice 
the commercial interests of companies providing work-experience placements and the ability of 
the Department and its contracted providers to work in partnership with these companies to 
secure such opportunities. 
 
In line with the Department’s transparency commitments, we have previously provided 
information about companies who participate in a number of our programmes that offer work 
experience, where we can collect this information without disproportionate cost. However, we 
are now invoking the exemption because it has become clear in recent weeks that there are a 
minority of people who appear to be seeking to undermine the goodwill of employers who are 
prepared to offer opportunities to unemployed people by attempting to harm those companies’ 
commercial interests.  
 
These actions are not only intended to harm those companies, but could also have an adverse 
impact on jobseekers who want to get experience in a real working environment to improve 
their chances of getting employment. They could also deter employers from committing their 
time and resources to providing such opportunities to people who are keen to make a positive 
step towards finding a job. Because of this we have had to reconsider our position on releasing 
information on the employers we work with. 
 
As required by the Section 2 of the Act, I have considered whether there is a public interest in 
complying with your request. I conclude that while there is a general public interest argument 
in favour of releasing, the public interest in withholding this information is greater for the 
following reasons: 

  the release of the information as requested could potentially damage the commercial 
interests of organisations providing work experience placements; and 
  The release of the information could inhibit or limit the ability of the Department to obtain 
the best services to improve people’s chances of securing employment. 
  The release of the information could inhibit or limit the ability of our contractors to 
successfully deliver their contract obligations to support Jobseekers into employment. 
  The release could limit the opportunity for Jobseekers to gain real experience which 
would assist them to gain employment. 
 
In Bournemouth and Poole the Work Programme providers are Prospects Services Ltd and 
Working Links, Mandatory Work Activity is delivered by the Rehab Group.  
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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