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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

There seems to be a level of ambiguity, deliberate or otherwise, in the actions
of the DWP, concerning a claimant who agrees to participate in a training scheme, for example, the Work & Health Programme.
Yet who declines to sign any of the documentation required by the training provider.
The absence of signed documentation, will of course preclude the training provider from
receiving their usual fee in respect of the claimant. Almost inevitably resulting in a rejection of that claimant from the Work & Health Programme.
You have stated in a previous response to my FOI No: 70138, that such a signature is not mandatory. Leading one to logically assume that no penalty can therefore be placed against the claimant. And that therefore no sanction can be applied. There is no apparent doubt as to the realities of this situation.
Yet the DWP assumes the right, to operate a further level of restriction against a claimant, innocent of any wrongdoing, by ‘raising a doubt.’ In effect a de facto sanction against the claimant, when none is justified or appropriate.
I would ask therefore, for full details of the legal basis, regulations and procedures, which allow the DWP to circumvent a non-mandatory refusal to sign documentation, and apply a substitute penalty against the claimant, by reclassifying this as ‘raising a doubt.’

Yours faithfully,

Jeff Smith

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Frank Zola left an annotation ()

"The absence of signed documentation, will of course preclude the training provider from receiving their usual fee in respect of the claimant"

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