Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
firstname.lastname@example.org Our reference:
VTR FOI 152
28 January 2015
Dear Mr Allen
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 14 January
2016. You asked Please provide me with any recorded data held by the DWP stating it is a
mandatory requirement for claimants to fill in or sign any provider forms or
documents when participating in a provider led mandatory activity or
Also please provide me with any recorded data held by the DWP detailing
exactly what action the DWP or a provider can take against a claimant who
has agreed to participate in a provider led mandatory activity or programme
but who has also declined to fill or sign any provider forms or documents.
By forms and documents, I mean: Health and safety checklist, claimant code
of practice, action plans, timesheets, induction checklist sheets, data
protection waivers, and so on.
It is not a mandatory requirement for claimants to fill in or sign any provider
forms or documents when participating in a provider led mandatory activity or
Because it is not mandatory, there is no recorded data held detailing any
action DWP or a provider can take against those who have declined to sign
said forms or documents.
Participants are required to do all they reasonably can to give themselves the
best chance of finding work. Should a participant decline to sign the provider’s
forms, this does not mean that they do not have to participate in the
programme. The referral letter given to a participant by Jobcentre Plus details
the potential consequences for failing to participate as required.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the
reference number above.
DWP Central FoI Team
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or telephone 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745