Compulsory Volunteering

James Wild made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I refer to the guidance on the Claimant Commitment accessed via

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1....
and in particular part of item 58:

58. In addition to these pre-populated activities, the drop down menu includes other activities that a claimant may be expected to do; These are:

I will investigate and apply for voluntary work;

Please send me all further documentation provided to your staff guiding them on whether or not to select this item.

Please tell me on how many occasions this item has been selected and not selected.

Please further advise the number of occasions on which this item has been selected and the claimant has at any point declined to sign their Claimant Commitment because they object to selection of this item. Similarly please supply figures for the number of occasions on which selection of this item against the wishes of the claimant has formed all or part of a formal complaint.

Please further advise the number of occasions on which this item has been selected and the claimant is subsequently believed to have failed to comply and hence been referred for possible sanctions.

Please advise the total number of sanctions so applied.

Ideally, I would like these figures for everywhere where any form of the Claimant Commitment is in use. If that would exceed the monetary limit, please restrict your search to half the relevant job centres and if necessary, a quarter, etc.

Please provide me with any and all documentation guiding staff on ways to investigate and detect claimant failure to comply with this item.

Thank you!

Yours faithfully,

James Wild

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Real Volunteering Campaign left an annotation ()

Thank you James :-)

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Dear James Wild,

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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 'Compulsory Volunteering'.

I am asking for a Review because you have invoked the £600 limit despite my original request saying “Ideally, I would like these figures for everywhere where any form of the Claimant Commitment is in use. If that would exceed the monetary limit, please restrict your search to half the relevant job centres and if necessary, a quarter, etc.”

I doubt you applied this procedure and concluded that statistics for even one job centre would cost more than £600.

Please now provide the statistical information requested.

Thanks

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,

James Wild

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Dear James Wild,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information review request. Please find enclosed our acknowledgment of its receipt.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Please see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information review request which was registered as IR98

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Real Volunteering Campaign left an annotation ()

They are fobbing you off. They don't need to look at ALL Claimant Commitments. Those in just one office would do.

Then their statement: "any statistics that DWP provide have to be verified against a set of strict quantitative parameters which as you will appreciate would not be cost effective in this case"

This is lovely! Yes, DWP dedication to providing quality stats is much appreciated. However, you asked for recorded information and that's what they have to give you. There is no exemption under the Act. What they should do is provide the information and if they want to accompany it with a statement about it's dubious quality, that's fine. In fact they have done this sort of disclaimer in the past