Clarity regarding the Work Programme which begun mid 2011

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department for Work and Pensions should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I refer to your FoI response, your ref 2018/04471 whereby you clearly refer to the Supreme Court judgement in the case of Reilly v the DWP.

You additionally state that you do not run any schemes where jobseekers are forced to work for FREE (including the Work Programme), and therefor the Work Programme did not breach the terms of Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Therefore under the FoI Act and for complete transparency and clarity could you please confirm that not ONE individual received a letter of censure for not attending a mandated work placement if they were ONLY in receipt of National Insurance credits which by its own definition is not a sum of money and therefore the individual would have had to work for FREE.

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I appreciate that during the current situation delays are to be expected however one still has to observe the law.

Could you please inform me when I can hope to receive a formal reply to what I considered a simple and innocent question?

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It is a somewhat sinister development that you have so far failed to respond to my original request that quoted a legally binding declaration made by your department concerning the Reilly v DWP judgement handed down by the Supreme Court.

It can not be deemed a vexatious question as all the question asked is to get confirmation that no one was ever allocated to the Work Programme when they were not in receipt of any benefit monies and that the programme was not used as a punishment for anyone for the perceived crime of purely registering as unemployed.

Transparency and honesty is sought, that's all

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It is sad to note that we find ourselves in exactly the same position as when the request was originally made, just several weeks further along with the same message of acceptance.

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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James Spencer-Gray left an annotation ()

I have no doubt that the DWP will endeavor to be far from transparent and claim the question is vexatious and thus terminate this saga.
It would also allow them to avoid answering the question as to why the have been unable to comply with the terns of the FoI Act.

J Roberts left an annotation ()

You may be interested in this recent UT decision:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...

MB v SSWP (JSA)[2021] UKUT 69 (AAC)

'8. I am satisfied that the Secretary of State has in fact complied with her duty under section 1A(4) of the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 and superseded the tribunal’s decision of 20 December 2012 so as to overturn the ‘sanction’ decision it upheld. It is common ground that the ‘sanction’ decision is the decision which the tribunal upheld that JSA was not payable to the appellant from 16 February 2012 to 29 February 2012. The effect of superseding the tribunal’s upholding of this sanction decision has been to decide that JSA is payable to the appellant from 16 February 2012 to 29 February 2012.'