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DWP's plans to refund benefit sanctions for 231,000 workfare conscipts

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

RE: Written statement - HCWS807 Workfare [1] and the Jobseeker’s (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013
"The proposed draft Remedial Order ensures the right to a fair hearing for a small group of job seekers who had a live appeal against a sanction decision made under the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Schemes) Regulations 2011 (“the ESE Regulations”) when the 2013 Act came into force. It enables the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to change this sanction decision and refund the amount withheld, without those affected individuals having to continue with their appeal"
https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

How many jobseekers form part of the above "small group" and how much money (benefits sanctioned) does the DWP expect to refund, on average per individual sanctioned and in total and why is the DWP not refunding the 231,000[2] affected by sanctions associated to the
Reilly & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] UKSC 68 (30 October 2013) http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKSC/2013... concerning the legality of the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Schemes) Regulations 2011 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/... and the subsequent Jobseeker’s (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013...

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

Footnotes:

[1] “workfare activities are sometimes referred to as ‘unpaid work experience’, ‘community service’ or ‘work for benefits’”
Source: DWP Research Report No 533 ‘A comparative review of workfare programmes in the United States, Canada and Australia’ – (2008)
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

[2] Workfare: Why did so many Labour MPs accept this brutal, unforgivable attack on vulnerable people? https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/com...

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I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'DWP's plans to refund benefit sanctions for 231,000 workfare conscipts'.

Response due 30/7/18, none provided.

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DWP confirms it will be refunding Workfare conscripts £2 million* of illegal benefit sanctions to “3789-4305 individuals“.
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FOI disclosure covered in:

DWP set to refund 4,000 jobseekers almost £2million in benefit sanctions after breaching their human rights

EXCLUSIVE: It comes five years after a legal fight over the Tory 'workfare' schemes - and campaigners say there's a 'moral duty' to pay more
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/d...

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

RE: DWP's plans to refund benefit sanctions for 231,000 workfare conscripts https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

[A] What are the DWP's estimated additional administrative and legal costs to refund the benefits sanctioned as part of the Proposed Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2018, which will? "allow the Department for Work and Pensions to pay the sanctioned benefit amount, without the claimants having to progress their appeals through the Tribunal system"
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

With regard the "3789-4305 individuals in scope" https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/4... how many for both
expired and live sanctions decisions does this represent and how many are for:

[B] Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) sanctions issued?
[C] MWA sanction decisions stockpiled?
[D] ESE* sanctions issued?
[E] ESE sanction decisions stockpiled?
*Jobseeker's Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011

[F] What was the names of each ESE scheme individuals got sanctioned under?

[G] With [D] and [E] please provide a breakdown of the name of each ESE scheme the sanctions that got issued and the name of each ESE scheme sanctions decisions got stockpiled for?

Yours sincerely,

Frank Zola

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