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Discovery - Aplha, Beta, and Delta

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

DWP published statistics on the ETS cohort of the initial Discovery phase of managed migration to Universal Credit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

The Discovery phase also cohorts Alpha - Foxtrot, but DWP has not published any statistics on these cohorts.

DWP may, perhaps, intend to publish some statistics on these cohorts as part of the UC Programme Board publication scheme. Please note that even if this were the case s.22 FOIA would not be engaged - paras.68 & 69 of DWP v Information Commissioner & Anor [2023] UKFTT 822 (GRC).

Cohort Alpha included all benefit types apart from ESA. Cohort Beta included all benefit types except Housing Benefit. Cohort Delta included all benefit types. Charlie, Echo and Foxtrot included Tax Credits only.

Please provide documents including data on cohorts Alpha, Beta and Delta. The data should show the number of people that made claims by their original deadline for doing so, the number of people that made claims by their extended deadline (ideally showing how long after their original deadline they claimed e.g. the number of people that claimed UC by their original deadline + 1 week, + 2 weeks, etc), the number of people that claimed by their final deadline, and the number of people that did not claim by their final deadline. If it is possible to do so then please provide this information broken down by benefit type.

Yours faithfully,

Owen Stevens

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

To clarify - the sentence 'Please provide documents including data on cohorts Alpha, Beta and Delta' should instead read 'Please provide data on cohorts Alpha, Beta and Delta.'

Yours faithfully,

Owen Stevens

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Dear Owen Stevens,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 11th
December.

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DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please review this response.

I do not accept that there is an intention to publish the information. No detail has been provided about the intention to publish the information, such as expected timeframes and whether all of the requested information will be published.

Yours faithfully,

Owen Stevens

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Dear Owen Stevens,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 21st
December.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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The information published by DWP is not exactly what has been requested as the publication appears to conflate original and extended deadlines.

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Dear Mr Stevens

 

We understand from correspondence with the ICO that you are seeking some
further clarification regarding the below revised request.

 

“REVISED VERSION OF REQUEST

 

DWP published statistics on the ETS cohort of the initial Discovery phase
of managed migration to Universal Credit:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

The Discovery phase also cohorts Alpha - Foxtrot, but DWP has not
published any statistics on these cohorts.

 

DWP may, perhaps, intend to publish some statistics on these cohorts as
part of the UC Programme Board publication scheme. Please note that even
if this were the case s.22 FOIA would not be engaged - paras.68 & 69 of
DWP v Information Commissioner & Anor [2023] UKFTT 822 (GRC).

 

Cohort Alpha included all benefit types apart from ESA. Cohort Beta
included all benefit types except Housing Benefit. Cohort Delta included
all benefit types. Charlie, Echo and Foxtrot included Tax Credits only.

 

Please provide data on cohorts Alpha, Beta and Delta. The data should show
the number of people that made claims by their original deadline for doing
so, the number of people that made claims by their extended deadline
(ideally showing how long after their original deadline they claimed e.g.
the number of people that claimed UC by their original deadline + 1 week,
+ 2 weeks, etc), the number of people that claimed by their final
deadline, and the number of people that did not claim by their final
deadline. If it is possible to do so then please provide this information
broken down by benefit type.”

 

We can advise that this information was published on 29 February 2024 and
is now in the public domain.

 

It is entitled ‘Move to Universal Credit - Insight on Tax Credit
migrations and initial Discovery Activity for wider benefit cohorts. Annex
A provides the specific statistical information that you had requested
(please see link below).

 

To be helpful we will explain the information provided using the Alpha
data as an example (please note, for statistical disclosure reasons, all
numbers have been rounded to 10).

 

• 250 migration notices were sent to claimants and 230 claimants
subsequently claimed Universal Credit.  20 claimants did not make a
claim for Universal Credit and had their legacy benefit closed.
• 170 claimants claimed Universal Credit by the original deadline and 60
claimants claimed after the original deadline (the difference between
230 and 170).
• The original deadline for these 60 claimants was extended - 20
claimants made a Universal Credit claim within 1 week of the original
deadline and 30 claimants made a Universal Credit claim 3 or more
weeks after the original deadline.

 

 

We hope this clarifies the data and to note – in the original request you
refer to the Beta cohort. We can confirm that we do not hold information
about a Beta cohort. The cohort is called Bravo and information about the
cohort is include in Annex A.

 

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Kind Regards

 

DWP Central FOI Team

 

 

 

 

 

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