Documents relating to claim 250,000 extra jobs created by Universal Credit

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The Secretary of State has made the claim that Universal Credit will lead to 250,000 more people being in work (9 October 2017 (HC Deb, col 4) and other occasions).

The Department has given a brief description of these figures in answer to House of Lords written question HL2020 (answered 20th October 2017).

I wish to understand the basis for these estimates and therefore ask for reports or sumaries which describe how this figure (or it's 3 component parts outlined in HL2020) have been calculated.

Documents detailing the calculations or summarising the methodology including a description of the data and assumptions used would be sufficient.

Yours Faithfully,

Paul Morrison

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thank-you for your timely response to my FOI request 'Documents relating to claim 250,000 extra jobs created by Universal Credit'. (Your ref 191)

I however cannot agree with your assessment for refusing my FOI and therefore ask that you pass this request to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

My request is that the Department provides information that allows the public to understand a number which has already been released. I seek no new information, just the ability to understand and properly scrutinise a number the Department is already using.

The Statistics Authority Code of Practice indicates that numbers should be released alongside sufficient information to allow all stakeholders to be able to understand an put in proper context the number. To do otherwise is to give the impression that the Department wishes to avoid scrutiny and that the numbers are being released selectively for political purposes.

The Department has been publically using this number for over 3 months as evidence of the effectiveness of it's Universal Credit policy. The number is however without proper explanation nor is their information available in the public domain to understand how it was created.

Section 22 is intended to protect against the premature and disorganised release of information via FOI. I fully support this principle however the Department has already published the substantive information. I only ask that the Department release sufficient information that it's announcement is able to be scrutinised and fully understood.

I cannot agree that the public interest is best served by a politically charged statistic circulating which cannot be understood or scrutinised. The suspicion is that not releasing a proper explanation may well serve the Department's interests however no reasonable and impartial person would argue that it serves the public interest.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Morrison

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"Estimations" Not "Facts"
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