DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Our Ref: FOI 4596
Date: 21st November 2017
Dear Mr Wolf,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 24th October 2017. You asked: What is the name and address for each Jobcentres that has been offering the Youth
Obligation (YO) since April 2017?
How many 18 to 21 year olds are currently on YO and how many have been so for 6
months without finding paid employment?
In response to your request: What is the name and address for each Jobcentres that has been offering the
Youth Obligation (YO) since April 2017?
The Youth Obligation is being rolled out in line with the UC full service roll-out
schedule, and is, as of the date of this response, being delivered in 155 Jobcentres.
The roll-out schedule for UC full service is in the public domain and you can find this on
Gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-transition-to-full-
Please find attached the information that you have requested on the names and
address of the Jobcentre Plus offices currently delivering the Youth Obligation.
How many 18 to 21 year olds are currently on YO and how many have been so for
6 months without finding paid employment?
We can provide information on some parts of your request: How many 18 to 21 year
olds are currently on YO and how many have been so for 6 months.
Management information (MI) on Youth Obligation is collated monthly. The latest data
available covers the period from the start of Youth Obligation (26th April) to the 31st
Using MI we estimate 7,000 claimants* were on the Youth Obligation on the
31stOctober 2017. This is an experimental caseload measure currently under
development, and may be revised as further data becomes available.
At the 31st October the Youth Obligation had been running for just over 6 months, as
such only participants who started a new claim between the 26th and the 30th April
2017 could have completed 6 months on the Youth Obligation.
The latest MI estimates 10 participants** had been on the Youth Obligation for 6
Management Information is derived from administrative data. These figures are subject
to retrospection as records are updated.
*rounded to the nearest 1000, **rounded to the nearest 10.
You further asked: How many 18-21 year olds had been on the YO for 6 months
without finding paid employment
I can confirm that we hold information falling within the description specified in your
request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would
exceed the appropriate limit for central Government, set by regulations at £600.
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3½ working days in
determining whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving
and extracting it.
Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Department is not therefore
obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing it further.
Under section 16 of the Act we should help you narrow your request so that it may fall
beneath the cost limit.
We do not regularly collate data on the volume of claimants who have undertaken any
paid employment. To collate this information would require extracting records of those
Youth Obligation participants reaching 6 months and matching these with records of
their full employment data over the prior 6 month period.
We could provide information on the number of Youth Obligation
participants who have completed 6 months on the programme and
undertaken sufficient employment during that time to not be subject to full
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference
DWP Strategy FoI Team
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