Information about the in-work progression offer and the 600,000 claimants mandated to do it.

The request was refused by Department for Work and Pensions.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

During the Autumn budget the chancellor announced there would be a phased rollout of the in-work progression offer to 600,000 Universal Credit claimants that are in work whose household income is typically between the equivalent of 15 and 35 hours a week at the National Living Wage.

Please can you provide a detailed schedule of this rollout?
Has the DWP revised its estimate of 600,000 claimants since the announcement was made during the 2022 Autumn Statement?
How many of the 600,000 claimants are women and how many are disabled?
Other than meeting with a dedicated work coach what will these claimants be required to do?
Will these claimants have to meet a work coach in person?
If an employer refuses to give an affected employee time off to speak to a work coach will they be subject to a benefit sanction?
If meetings can be done by video or phone, what provision has DWP put in place for those claimants who do not have access to a phone or computer during work time?
What efforts have been made to speak to Trade Unions about these changes?
What efforts have been made to speak to employers/employer associations about these changes?
This policy change is due to start this month so have the claimants affected been contacted by letter or electronic means?

Yours faithfully,

Andy Mitchell

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Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 3rd
September.

Please see attached letter.

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Dear Andy Mitchell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 3rd
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

Re: 'Information about the in-work progression offer and the 600,000 claimants mandated to do it.'

You said the DWP is 'engaging an exemption from disclosure because it relates to the formulation or development of government policy – Section 35(1)(a) of the FoI Act.'

I disagree with this response and would like to request a review of your decision as I believe this information is in the public interest and should be released.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours faithfully,

Andy Mitchell

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Dear Andy Mitchell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 15th
November.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team