This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Claimant Commitment is not a contract, just a "contractual concept"?'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.  
gov.uk
 
Our Ref: VTR 3907
 
 

Date: 02 September 2013
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Zola,  
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 15 August 2013. You asked:- 
 
In FOI 451/2013 
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/209385/foi-
2451-2013.pdf 
you refer to a Claimant Commitment (CC) as "one centred on a contractual concept", can you 
therefore confirm that the full gamut of Contract Law will apply to everyone's CC? Or do you 
mean by use of the word "concept" you do not mean that use of the word "contractual" has 
anything whatsoever to do with the commonly understood word: 
 
Contract? 
 
"A contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more 
parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations" 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract 
Law: 
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=contract+law 
 
 
You have indicated that you want your request received on 15 August to be treated as a 
Freedom of Information request. 
  
Anyone can request copies of information which a public authority already holds in a recorded 
form, but the Freedom of Information Act does not require the Department to provide opinions 
or explanations, generate answers to questions, or create or obtain information it does not 
hold.  
  
Your request asks a series of questions which would require answers to be generated and also 
requests legal advice, which we are not obliged to provide under the Freedom of Information 
Act 2000.  
  

However, given that you are seeking clarification of a previous Freedom of Information 
response, you may find the following information helpful. 
 
I can confirm that the Department deliberately did not refer to a legal contract in the previous 
Freedom of Information response. Rather, we referred to a contractual concept because the 
Claimant Commitment is intended to be about a very specific two-way bargain: claimants are 
provided with financial support; and in return for that financial support we expect them to do 
everything that they can to prepare for and find work. 
 
The Department is committed to providing claimants with help to find work, more work or better 
paid work for those who can work whilst supporting those that cannot work.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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