Flexible Support Fund Payments

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
01 March 2011

The Flexible Support Fund can, I believe, provide help with JSA claimants' travel expenses for attending interviews including benefit dependant interviews at the Job Centre. I also believe that this fund is entirely discretionary and dependant upon local need.

Please provide the following information:
1. What are the eligibility criteria for being able to access this funding in Cumbria?
2. Who acts as a decision maker for this funding in Cumbria?
3. A copy of all relevant guidance provided to the decision makers and advisors to assist them in deciding whether or not to allow an application for travel expenses.
4. Details of payments made so far this financial year from the Flexible Support Fund in Cumbria.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Hopley
Cumbria Law Centre

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Gilroy Linda JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

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Dear Ms Hopley
Attached is an acknowledgement of your recent request.

Kind regards

<<FOI 948 ack.pdf>>

Linda Gilroy
Group Correspondence Team Manager (Director's Office) | Department for
Work and Pensions | Work Services Directorate North West England | Othen
House | 7 Oldham Road | Middleton | M24 1BX | Tel: 0161 654 2045 |
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Gallet Toni JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

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Dear Ms Hopley
Attached is a reply to your recent request.

Kind regards

<<FOI 948 reply.pdf>>

Toni Gallet
North West Group Correspondence Team | Department for Work and Pensions |
Work Services Directorate | Othen House | 7 Oldham Road | Middleton | 
Manchester | M24 1BX | Tel: 0161 654 2042 | [1]www.dwp.gov.uk |

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Gallet Toni JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

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Dear Ms Hopley
Apologies, I omitted this attachment from my previous email.

<<FOI 948 Hopley.pdf>>

Kind regards

Toni Gallet
North West Group Correspondence Team | Department for Work and Pensions |
Work Services Directorate | Othen House | 7 Oldham Road | Middleton | 
Manchester | M24 1BX | Tel: 0161 654 2042 | [1]www.dwp.gov.uk |

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Dear Gallet Toni JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

Thank you for the detail you have sent regarding the flexible support fund. This answers some of my query.

I was under the impression that the flexible support fund could also be used for travel expenses to benefit dependant interviews at the job centre. There is no mention of this in the documents.

1) Can we therefore request the full document of guidance on the use of the flexible support fund please? This will include all ways in which an eligible person may claim money from the fund, not restricted to travel expenses.

2) In addition, Can you provide details of payments so far from the flexible support fund in total and how it has been spent, not restricted to travel expenses? Can you please provide accounting of how this is spent?

Kind regards and thanks for your assistance in this matter.

Kirsty Hopley

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Hopley

Gilroy Linda JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

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Dear Kirsty
Attached is an acknowledgment of your request.

<<Acknowledgement FOI 1587.doc>>

Kind regards

Linda Gilroy
Group Correspondence Team Manager (Director's Office) | Department for
Work and Pensions | Work Services Directorate North West England | Othen
House | 7 Oldham Road | Middleton | M24 1BX | Tel: 0161 654 2045 |
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Gilroy Linda JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

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Dear Kirsty
Attached is our response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

<<FOI 1587 response.pdf>>

<<FSF Payments of Childcare & Replacement Care Costs100412.doc>> <<Payment
of Travel Costs through the FSF 100412.doc>> <<Adviser Overview.pdf>>
<<Criminal Records Bureau and Protecting Vulnerable Groups checks.pdf>>
<<Payments to remove customers barriers to work.pdf>>

<<Travel Expenses for Work Trials.pdf>> <<Total Flexible Support Fund
Yearly Spends from April 2011 to April 2012 for Cumbria unit.doc>>

Kind regards

Linda Gilroy
Group Correspondence Team Manager (Director's Office) | Department for
Work and Pensions | Work Services Directorate North West England | Othen
House | 7 Oldham Road | Middleton | M24 1BX | Tel: 0161 654 2045 |
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Dear Gilroy Linda JCP DIRECTOR'S SUPPORT MIDDLETON,

Thank you for your help with this request.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Hopley