JSA sanctions - delayed release

Paul Anders made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In May 2013 you announced that information relating to JSA sanctions was being delayed due to 'significant doubts about the quality of the new regime statistics'.

In the August Quarterly Statistical Summary a further update was provided, stating that 'DWP statisticians are continuing to carry out detailed quality assurance on JSA sanctions statistics. We aim to publish a single set of sanction statistics covering the number of referrals, decisions and appeals as soon as possible. It is not yet possible to commit to a definite date.'

I request all information you may hold relating to:

1. The nature of the 'significant doubts' about the quality of the statistics.
2. The cause of said doubts.
3. The nature of the 'detailed quality assurance'.
4. The resources allocated to the quality assurance and an explanation of why they have been insufficient to assuage the Department's doubts in the 4 months between May and September 2013.
5. The anticipated date of release.
6. The measures put in place to ensure that further statistical releases are not subject to delay.

Note that I am not asking for the statistics themselves (although they would of course be welcome). Consequently, my assumption is that this request is not subject to a Section 22 exemption.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Anders

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Department for Work and Pensions,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'JSA sanctions - delayed release'.

The Department has refused to comply with my request on the grounds of cost. Whilst I acknowledge that my original request had several elements, I reject as implausible the assertion that it would, for example, cost more than £600 to confirm the date that data relating to when new JSA sanction regime will be released..

In the interests of helping the Department to meet its FOI obligations, I am willing to reduce the number of questions to which I require an answer:

1. The nature of the 'significant doubts' about the quality of the
statistics.

2. The nature of the 'detailed quality assurance.

3. The anticipated date of release.

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

In reducing the number of items requested I have been reasonable in the expectation you will comply with this freedom of information request.

In anticipation of your most prompt response,

Paul Anders

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