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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
Annex A 
 
 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.g  ov.uk 
 
 
Our Ref: 2014-IR556 
 
2014-IR615 
 
 
Annex A 
 13 May 2015 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear G Millward, 
 
Freedom of Information ref: 2014-IR556, 2014-IR615 
 
Thank you for your request for an internal review of your Freedom of Information request 2014-
IR514 which we received on 13 October 2014.  
 
You asked: 
 
FOI 2014-IR556 
“I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's 
handling of my FOI request 'Unpaid workfare-style programmes as being employed'. 
 
I have not yet received an acknowledgement to my request. 
As I feel that sufficient time has elapsed for you to respond/acknowledge my request, 
please advise me of the current progress of my request. 
 
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at 
this address: 
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unpaid_workfare_style_programmes”
 
 
FOI 2014-IR615 
“I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's 
handling of my FOI request 'Unpaid workfare-style programmes as being employed'. 
 
I refer to my request (FOI 2014-IR514) 
 
In your letter to me, dated 4 November 2014, you stated that I would receive a reply by 5 
December 2014. 
I have not yet received a response from you. 
 
Your attention is drawn to the ICO guidelines regarding response times 
 


<https://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/gui>... 
 
Will you please now respond to my enquiry or alternatively, let me know the reason for 
the delay and when I can expect to receive a response from you.” 
 
In your original request (2014-IR514) you asked: 
 
'Dear Department for Work and Pensions, 
 
 It appears that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) class 
 people on unpaid workfare-style programmes, as being employed for 
 the purpose of the government statistics that show the number of 
 people in work. 
 
 Can you, 
 
 1) Confirm that this is correct and if it is, 
 
 2) Explain why people on unpaid workfare-style programmes are not 
 paid National Minimum wage.                                                                                                                                                            
Some time ago I made a request - see link here 
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u... 
 
The DWP advised me to direct my request to the Office for National Statistics(ONS), 
who in turn advised me to contact the Labour Force Survey(LFS) See link for details  
 
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/voluntarymandatory_work_programm  
 
Both of these organisations seem to suggest that it is DWP who are in a position to 
respond to my request.  
 
Will you please now respond to my original request.  
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.” 
 
I am of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your request previously, and can confirm 
that I have carried out an internal review.  
 
Your original request (2014-IR514) was received on 13 October 2014 but was not 
acknowledged by us until 4 November 2014 for which I apologise.  
 
Whilst there is no formal target for Internal Reviews we do aim to respond to these within 40 
working days if possible. As we did not send out our response until 12 May 2015 we failed to 
meet this aim and I apologise for the delay in providing the response to 2014-IR514.  
 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number 
above.   
 

 
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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If you are not happy with this response you may request an internal review by e-mailing freedom-of-information-
xxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
or by writing to DWP, Central FoI Team, Caxton House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA. Any 
review request should be submitted within two months of the date of this letter.  
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the Information 
Commissioner’s Office for a decision. General y the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have 
exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information 
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF www.ico.gov.uk