Co-production of policies, strategies and structures with disabled people

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Your Single Departmental Plans since 2018 have all included commitments to:

- "Deliver policies, strategies and structures that are co-produced with disabled people"
- "[D]eliver an effective welfare system [...] achieving value for money for taxpayers."

Since 2019 you have stated your commitment to using the Public Value Framework to support the above; "specifically, pursuing goals through the implementation, planning and monitoring of our progress."

The Public Value Framework asks two questions around implementing planning and monitoring progress when pursuing goals:
"How does the public body monitor delivery of its goals and objectives? What data is used to track progress against delivering the vision, objectives and indicators?"[1]

You recently confirmed[2] that the DWP has issued no guidance on using co-production in partnerships, holds no information around the use of co-production in partnerships, and places no such requirements on contractors.

Please advise :
- Does the DWP monitor its use of co-production of policies, strategies and structures with disabled people? If so, how?
- Does the DWP use data to track the use of co-production in formulating policies, strategies and structures? If so, how?

- If the answer to either of the above questions is no, please confirm that the DWP have not followed the advice of the Public Value Framework in its approach to co-production in spite of its continued commitment to "achieving value for money for taxpayers."

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

[1] The Public Value Framework, March 2019
[2] Co-production of the Universal Credit Transition Fund and similar partnerships https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

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Dear Finn Keaney,

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Dear Finn Keaney,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th
August.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request. However due to the current situation with COVID-19 it
was not possible for me to reply to you within the timeframe of 20 working
days.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Co-production of policies, strategies and structures with disabled people'.

Thank you for explaining the issues with the wording of my request, I apologise for its having been poorly phrased such that it appeared as questions rather than a request for information. That said ICO guidance states that any clear attempt to describe the information being requested should trigger the act and a search for the data described, and with that in mind I ask that you please provide the information.

You ended your initial reply by confirming that the information requested was not held, but I do not know how to read that in light of your beginning by saying that my request was invalid as I had asked questions rather than requested information.

As such, in the hopes of making more clear the data which my initial request was referring to, I have rephrased my request below so that you do not have to interpret it.

What I was requesting was for copies of :
- all policies, guidance, and internal communications pertaining to the DWP's co-production of policies, strategies and structures with disabled people.
- all data or data measures tracking the above
- any policies, guidance or internal communications relating to the DWP's use of the Public Value Framework in its approach to co-production

The information requested must be held as the Public Value Framework states very clearly that the recording and monitoring of this data is key to achieving value for taxpayer money.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

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Dear Finn Keaney,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 5th
October.

Yours sincerely,

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Finn Keaney left an annotation ()

this has gone to the ICO as of today 26 10 2020

I quite clearly requested specific information and where there has been a clear attempt to request specific information the FOI act should be triggered.

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Dear Finn Keaney,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 5th
October.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Finn Keaney left an annotation ()

for anyone reading : ICO decision on this was to confirm that the dwp's IR should have been handled differently as they failed to take my response as a clarification as intended and instead treated it as a fresh request. ICO advised however that the DWP would still likely rely on section 12 of the act as grounds for a (third) refusal. i am going to leave it there for the time being.