Mandatory to sign CWP Action Plan?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

From Community Work Placement Provider Guidance:

"2.59 You must chart and record all the activities agreed with the claimant throughout their time on the provision, including all mandatory activities. The plan must be signed by you ‘the provider’ and claimant, initially at the Initial Engagement Meeting and then regularly reviewed and updated and you must retain evidence of action planning."

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

1. Is it mandatory for the claimant to sign the Action Plan?

2. Please provide any and all recorded information confirming that signing the Action Plan is a mandatory activity.

3. Please provide a copy of any and all recorded information confirming that Work Programme providers can formally mandate claimants to sign the Action Plan.

4. If signing the Action Plan by claimants is either mandatory or can be made mandatory by Work Programme providers, please provide all recorded information confirming the consequences to claimants who choose not to sign one.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

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Dear DWP DWP PMU.Fol,

In your response (FOI 2392) you wrote:

"While there is no specific mandatory requirement for individuals to sign certain forms, including Action Plans... "

This appears at odds with the information contained in the Community Work Placement provider guidance:

"The plan must be signed by you ‘the provider’ and claimant, "

Can you confirm that the word "must" used in the statement above from the Community Work Placement provider guidance does not mean that a claimant must sign an Action Plan? Your response indicates that a claimant NEED NOT sign an Action Plan.

Yours sincerely,

J Roberts

DWP DWP PMU.Fol, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear J Roberts,
 
Please find attached the reply to your Freedom of Information request.
 
 
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J Roberts left an annotation ()

"We ask Community Work Placements Providers to request a signature to evidence that an action plan has been created and agreed. If a Claimant did not wish to sign an action plan they need not sign an Action Plan. We will review the Community Work Placement provider guidance; and issue an amendment to clarify this."

It is greatly concerning that such misleading guidance is produced in the first place, but good to know that an amendment will be issued clarifying what the true position is.

P Baker left an annotation ()

I am always careful what I sign & I used this FOI request along with my own & won my appeal for not signing but willing to participate.
HMCTS REF: SC068/15/00122 DATED 13TH FEB 2015.
EXPLANATION JCP REF: 34766 DATED 17th FEB 2015.
(LMDM) Labour Market Decision Makers should enquire with DMA Leeds

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