Mandatory Intervention Regime

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I ask for the legal basis on which a jobseeker, taking part in the Post Work Programme Support Scheme,who is currently undertaking voluntary work of less than 30 hours a week, can be mandated to increase their voluntary work to 30 hours a week.

Yours faithfully,

Jeff Smith

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Dear Jeff Smith,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find enclosed our acknowledgment of its receipt.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI team

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

I am not satisfied with the reply given to my question regarding the Mandatory Intervention Regime. Instead of a genuine answer I have received the usual DWP gamesmanship response of a vague and useless statement about the existence of mandatory schemes. I already know these exist, and this is not a proper answer to the original question.
I ask once again for a detailed legal resolution to my question

Yours sincerely,

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith left an annotation ()

A fairly useless response from the DWP, which avoids answering the question, or providing any legal basis.

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Dear Jeff Smith,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information review request. Please find enclosed our reply.

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Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision. Generally the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF www.ico.gov.uk

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Real Volunteering Campaign left an annotation ()

Just spotted this. The problem seems to be that Jeff was asking about someone doing voluntary work while the DWP interpreted this as being about work placements in the voluntary and community sector.

“Voluntary work” can be done in any sector (although more often found in charities, etc). It is generally considered to be unpaid work done of the volunteer’s own free will.

Working in the voluntary and community sector is a different concept that MAY in some cases overlap with “voluntary” work:

• Some people in the sector are paid – EG Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice
• Citizens Advice volunteers - unpaid
• Some people on Community Work Placements – a mandatory scheme on pain of loss of benefits.

The DWP staff answering the original request do not seem understand these distinctions

Future requesters may find it useful to ask about “voluntary work” or “volunteering" AND refer to the Volunteering England definition at http://www.volunteering.org.uk/iwanttovo... which says “Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.”