Mandatory work activity and unpaid work

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please forward any documentation that states that mandatory work activity placements must unpaid work from the employers.

Also any documentation about how personal beliefs are handled on this scheme

Yours faithfully,

Mark Smith

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

also please reply if there there is no documentation stating that mandatory work activity "must" be unpaid by the employers

Yours sincerely,

Mark Smith

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Dear 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 'Mandatory work activity and unpaid work'.

There wasnt actually any information here specifically stating that it "Must" be unpaid work/placement whatever it is nor anything clearly stating that it doesn't need to be paid.

and just quoting these 3 sections which can make this VERY confusing

"It may be helpful if I explain that placements under Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) are not
employment or work."

"(2) … [requiring] participants to ->undertake work<-, or work-related activity, during any prescribed
period with a view to improving their prospects of employment."

"Under the MWA Regulations, a JSA claimant can be required to ->undertake work<- or work-related activity (which can be at a place of employment) for up to 30 hours per week over a
period of 4 consecutive weeks."

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

Yours faithfully,

Mark Smith

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Mr Harris left an annotation ()

It's curious that in their original reply they state:

"It may be helpful if I explain that placements under Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) are not employment or work."

but go on to say:

"Section 17A of the Jobseekers Act 1995 empowers the Secretary of State to make regulations:
...
(2) … [requiring] participants to undertake work,...

Under the MWA Regulations, a JSA claimant can be required to undertake work or workrelated
activity (which can be at a place of employment) for up to 30 hours per week"

So, MWA isn't work but can involve doing work!