This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Universal Credit - Prove you are doing everything you can to get better.'.

DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx 
Our Ref: FoI 5042 
Date: 2nd January 2018 
 
Dear Mr John Slater, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 3 December 2017. You asked: 
 
It has been reported that a person with a chronic health condition claiming Universal 
Credit was told by their work coach that it is a condition of their benefit entitlement, via 
the claimant commitment, to prove that they are doing everything they can to get better. 
 
RFI1: Please direct me to the relevant legislation that prescribes this specific 
requirement. 
 
RFI2: What medical training is given to work coaches that enable them to make this 
medical judgement?  
(After all if work coaches believe a claimant is not doing all they can they are the 
people that refer the claimant for a sanction). 
 
 
DWP Response 
 
In response to RF1: 
 
Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act allows us to direct you to information 
which is already reasonably accessible to you. The information you requested is 
available here: 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-welfare-reform/2010-to-
2015-government-policy-welfare-reform 
 
In response to RF2: 
 
The Universal Credit work coach guidance is available in the House of Commons 
library at the following link https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-
offices/offices/commons/commonslibrary/ 
 
A work coach is not required to have an in-depth understanding of medical conditions, 
as this is the role of the Health Care Professional.  In such cases a work capability 
assessment (WCA) would be required.  
The training provided to Work Coaches allows them to have an understanding of the 
WCA process in order to direct the claimant to this service where a medical opinion will 
be provided by the Health Care Professionals. 
 
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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