Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
firstname.lastname@example.org Our reference:
27th September 2017
Dear A. James
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 9 September
Please provide the following information with respect to the Family and Child
Maintenance Policy Department within the Department of Work and Pensions.
- Please provide an organisational chart for this department
- Please provide a copy of this Department's Mission statement or document
outlining its roles and responsibilities
- Please provide a list of documents produced by this department that have
been circulated to an MP. Please provide a title and date or publication for
each document. DWP Response:
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare,
pensions and child maintenance policy.
Strategy, Policy and Analysis Group (SPAG) provides the policy making
function of the DWP. The remit of SPAG includes looking ahead - identifying
where the Government’s welfare and pension reforms and social justice
agenda should take the Department, looking beyond the individual reforms
already underway - and for giving Ministers a joined-up view of their portfolios.
SPAG contains the Children, Families and Disadvantage Directorate which
includes the teams responsible for child maintenance policy, maternity policy
and family policy.
One of the DWP’s key priorities is to create a fair and affordable welfare
system which improves the life chances of children. The DWP’s single
departmental plan outlines how the Children, Families and Disadvantage
Directorate plan do this by:
Developing a Life Chances Strategy, which will set out a
comprehensive plan to fight disadvantage and extend opportunity so
that every child can reach their full potential.
Introducing new life chances measures on worklessness and
educational attainment, along with other measures of the root causes
of poverty including family stability, drug and alcohol dependency and
Encouraging family stability, by improving the availability of support for
couples, developing a significantly expanded parenting programme,
and implementing reforms to the Child Maintenance Service to
encourage family based arrangements where appropriate.
I have included an organisation chart which shows the numbers and grades
respectively of the staff members. In accordance with section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act personal information has been redacted.
Child Maintenance and Maternity Payments
You requested that we provide a list of documents produced by the
Department that have been circulated to a MP, and to provide further
information including dates and titles. As our work is in briefing and advising
Ministers on their portfolio to develop and deliver government policy, this
request as currently phrased would be extremely broad in remit. The
information requested is recorded however to comply with your request we
estimate the work required would exceed the appropriate cost limit, which for
central Government has been set in Regulations at £600. This represents the
estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working days in determining
whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and
extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act
the Department is not obliged to comply with your request and we will not be
processing it further.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the
reference number above.
DWP Central FoI Team
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months of the date of this letter.
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decision unless you have exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information
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or telephone 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745