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DWP Central Freedom of 
Information Team 
Caxton House 
6-12 Tothill Street 
 
London 
 
SW1H 9NA 
 
 
Owen Stevens  
freedom-of-information-
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
xxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx  
 
 
DWP Website 
 
Our Ref: FOI2022/76366 
 
21 October 2022 
 
Dear Owen Stevens, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 28 September. You 
wrote: 
 
“An Equality Analysis has been undertaken on the amendments to the Universal Credit 
Regulations 2013 to raise the Administrative Earnings Threshold: https://secure-
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1) Please provide the Equality Analysis for the increase to the AET which took effect on 
26/09/2022 
2) Please also provide the Equality Analysis for the further increase to the AET which is 
planned for January 2023 (as set out at para 4.30 of the Growth Plan 2022)” 
 
DWP Response 
 
Request 1 
 
We confirm that we do hold the information you have requested that relates to  
The Universal Credit (Administrative Earnings Threshold) (Amendment) Regulations 2022. 
https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2022/886/regulation/2/made. 
 
A copy of the Equality Analysis for Raising the Administrative Earnings Threshold (AET) is 
attached. 
 
Expanding the number of benefit claimants on low earnings that will be expected to meet 
regularly with a work coach and take steps to increase their earnings will help ensure people 
are progressing.  
 
The change is part of the Government’s in work progression agenda, supporting claimants 
into work and up the career ladder. 

 

The disclosed document has where appropriate, been redacted to remove information which 
is exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as personal 
information belonging to an individual other than the requester.  
 
Section 40(2) exempts information in response to a request if it is personal data belonging to 
an individual other than the requester and it satisfies one of the conditions listed in the 
legislation. In this case the condition contained in section 40(3A)(a) applies - that disclosure 
would breach one of the data protection principles, specifically that “Personal data shall be 
processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner...”.  
   
We do not consider that disclosing this information is necessary or justified in order to satisfy 
your information request and the requirements of the FoI Act. In relation to this request, we 
consider that there is no strong legitimate interest that would override the prejudice to the 
rights and freedoms of the data subject.  
 
Personal data are subject to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data 
Protection Act 2018 
 
Request 2 
 
We confirm that we do not hold the information you have requested. 
 
In the interest of being helpful and provided outside of our obligation of the FoI Act you may 
find the following helpful: 
 
•  We will be undertaking an Equality Analysis for the further increase to the AET in due 
course. 
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us quoting the reference number 
above. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team 
Department for Work and Pensions 
 
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