This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Work Placements going forward?'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
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DATE: 31 December 2015
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Tracy Darracot, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 29 November 2015. You asked: 
 
With Work Programme, Community Work Placements and Mandatory Work Activity contracts 
ending and statements they will not be renewed, does this mean you plan to never use 
compulsory Work Placements going forward? 
 
Mandatory programmes will still have a valuable role to play as we refocus on upfront support 
before people become long-term unemployed, and bring more people into Jobcentre Plus’s 
support system in line with the best evidence we have on value for money and employment 
impacts.  For example, at the summer budget it was announced that from April 2017, 18- to 
21-year-old job seekers receiving Universal Credit will be required to participate in support 
under the new Youth Obligation so they are either earning or learning. They will be required to 
participate in an Intensive activity programme from Day 1 of the claim and if they are not on an 
Apprenticeship or on work related training at 6 months they will be referred to a mandatory 
work placement. 
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Strategy FoI Team 
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