This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Were disability organisations consulted during the development of the universal credit process ? Ongoing assessment of UC and disabled claimant experience.'.

 
 
 
 
DWP Policy Group Freedom of Information Team 
 
 
 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
 
Our Ref: FOI2019/03690 
 
 
5 February 2019 
 
Dear V Bowen, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 24 January. You asked:  
 
Dear Department for Work and Pensions, 
Were disability organizations consulted during the development of the universal credit process 
? If so which ones ? 
Please give documented advice given to DWP by disability organizations. 
What other consultation took place regarding disabled claimants ? Were medical practitioners 
consulted, learning disability groups or any others as user representatives ? 
Were amendments made as a result of any such advice ? 
Is there ongoing assessment of the effect of UC on disabled claimants ? When will it report ? 
Was implied consent considered necessary for some claimants from the start and if not when 
was it incorporated in Universal Credit law/regulations .
 
 
DWP Response: 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. 
 
I can confirm that the Department holds this information. However, the information is exempt 
under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act because the information is reasonably ac-
cessible to you, as it is already in the public domain. 
 
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interpreting the information provided is up to you. 
 
Your request has been broken down to provide information that best meets what you have 
asked. 
 
1.Were disability organizations consulted during the development of the universal credit 
process? If so which ones? 
Please give documented advice given to DWP by disability organizations. 
 

Please find attached the link to the Consultation outcome - 21st Century Welfare, this was pub-
lished on 30 July 2010, pages 34 – 39, lists all the organisations that responded to the consul-
tation: -  
 
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/181144/21st-
century-welfare-response.pdf 
 
2.What other consultation took place regarding disabled claimants? Were medical 
practitioners consulted, learning disability groups or any others as user 
representatives?
 
 
Please see the link provided in response to question 1.  
 
3.Were amendments made as a result of any such advice? 
 
Please see the link provided in response to question 1.  
 
4.Is there ongoing assessment of the effect of UC on disabled claimants? When will it 
report?
 
 
I have attached the link to the Universal Credit Impact Assessment and the Universal Credit 
Equality Impact assessment below: - 
 
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/181147/univers
al-credit-ia-white-paper.pdf 
 
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/181148/univers
al-credit-equality-impact-assessment.pdf 
 
5.Was implied consent considered necessary for some claimants from the start and if 
not when was it incorporated in Universal Credit law/regulations.
 
 
The written statement from March 2017 can be found here 
(https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-
statement/Commons/2017-03-13/HCWS528)
 
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
DWP Policy Group FoI Team 
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