M & S vouchers

GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Could you please let me know if it is true that some Jobcentreplus departments have been issuing Marks and Spencer vouchers to staff for attaining sanction levels against claimants?
If they have been issued, what is there purpose?

Yours faithfully,


GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Must be true as i have yet to receive an acknowledgement

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Mr Reynolds
Please find attached the reply to your recent Freedom of Information
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DWP Freedom of Information Team

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GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

Dear Operations FOI Requests,
I thought i would remind you since you say you have history of this,

“Mr Lloyd said Jobcentre workers had threatened to tear up £25 Marks and Spencer vouchers received for getting claimants off benefits as part of a DWP ‘carrot and stick’ approach.

He said: “The carrot is a small one and a number of PCS members from Smethwick were considering tearing up their vouchers in front of IDS to show their feelings over the matter.”

Yours sincerely,


GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Seems an easy question!

Did members of a jobcentre receive Marks and Spencer vouchers or not?