DWP staff mandating claimants to prove eligibility to work in the UK

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Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide all documentation pertaining to the law/regulations in regard to DWP staff having the authority to mandate claimants to provide identity documents to prove eligibility to participate in the UK labour market when the claimant has not applied to work for DWP / civil service.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am NOT requesting information about providing identification in order to establish a claim for benefits. My request is about current claimants being mandated to prove that they possess identity documents sufficient to demonstrate eligibility to take up employment in the UK.

Please provide all documentation which details the circumstances in which a claimant can be mandated to obtain a passport for the purposes of employment alone (when there is no intention to travel outside the UK).

Yours faithfully,

Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley

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Dear Florence Daisley,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 18th
April.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley

Dear [email address] on behalf of DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I am responding to your request to clarify my freedom of information request.

Please treat my original request as pertaining to claimants of universal credit. Please also treat my original request as pertaining to UK nationals with permanent leave to remain in the UK / persons born in the UK.

My request is a simple one:

I am seeking clarity about whether a UK national, with an established and operational claim for universal credit, can be mandated to demonstrate, to a work coach, that they (the claimant) are in possession of a passport or other photographic identification document for the purpose of demonstrating to the work coach (not an employer) their eligibility to unter the UK labour market. In the case that they are not in possession of photographic identification, can the claimant be mandated to acquire photographic identification?

Bearing in mind the work coach is not an employer or agent for any employer. Please provide the legislation that a work coach would rely upon to mandate a claimant to:

1) show a passport or other photographic identification
or
2) obtain a passport or other photographic identification

My apologies that you found my original freedom of information request to lack suitable clarity.

Yours sincerely,

Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley

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