My Work Plan?

Ralph Davis made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Is it a condition of Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit to complete a My Work Plan? Can completion be refused without sanctions?

Yours faithfully,

Ralph

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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 'My Work Plan?'.

You have not sent a reply due 2 weeks ago.

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,

Ralph Davis

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Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

When a Jobseeker’s Direction should not be used (DWP policy)
12. A Jobseeker’s Direction must not be used to require a claimant to use the My Work Plan booklet or ES4.

Completion of the My Work Plan is voluntary.

DWP rely on people's ignorance and will expect consent from the majority.

Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

Mary, Thanks for your note. Intention is to get the FOI reply letter from the DWP that hopefully clearly states what you are saying, in which I expect my question to included, the DWP letter can then be shown at the Jobcentre.

Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

Mary, When you post notes can you provide links that support what you are saying, when based on actual DWP policy?

Stuart O left an annotation ()

For JSA:
"Claimants may also be asked to sign the ‘My statement’ section of the My Work Plan booklet
to confirm they understand and agree with their requirements to look for work. However this is
not mandatory."
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Source for above quote:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

Stuart. Thanks for that, but the plan could still be completed and even if not signed phrases like "I agree to do x" may be perceived as obligatory. Hence focus on completion, rather than signing.

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

When claimants sign a Jobseeker's agreement they agree to follow the step contained therein, but the law does not require claimants to take all the steps just those that are reasonable for their circumstances at the time.

http://ebookbrowsee.net/cjsa-1814-2007-0...

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

See also:

FOI 5508: “In terms of Universal Credit, we consider it reasonable to expect that work search activity will take up the majority of a claimant’s time (normally 35 hours a week). We will not specify how much work search a claimant must do each day therefore, whilst claimants must meet their requirements, they are free to organise what they do with their own time and manage their work search within this. However, we do encourage claimants to make a plan of what they will do and when, meaning some activities may be focused on particular days and times.”
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

There is in fact no signature issue with the My Work Plan (What I will do to search and find work), as there is no option to sign it. Does contain lots if "I will", "What I did" https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Stuart O left an annotation ()

It's clear that this doesn't even have to be filled out from the jd guidance quote. That an advisor will accept that is a whole other matter...

Mary Sanderson left an annotation ()

What a waste of paper - 44 pages!

There is nothing in the JSA regs that states this form must be completed, just that claimants can show what they have done to actively seek work.

Evidence does not need to be provided in writing, but unless you have a good memory it is good practice to do so. You can, if you choose make a tape recording of what you have done.

Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

Thanks yall, goal is a single DWP letter that captures question and answer for use elsewhere!

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ralph Davis,

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

My apologies for the delay in your previous request, we hope to get this to you as soon as possible.

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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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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Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

You have not sent a reply due 2 weeks ago.
You can expect a reply by 10 February 2014
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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 'My Work Plan?'.

I asked for a review, you are now treating a request made on 27 November 2013 as if it was made 6 or 7 weeks later on 13 January 2014. This is wholly unacceptable for a request that is extremely simple to answer and requires negligible DWP resources or time to respond to. Complaint made with ICO.

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,

Ralph Davis

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Ralph Davis left an annotation ()

Suppose everyone's notes let DWP understand this request better, so they need more time to subvert reply.

DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ralph Davis,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find enclosed reply, my apologies for its dealy.

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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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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DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ralph Davis,

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

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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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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DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Please see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information request

Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI team

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Ted Allan left an annotation ()

The DWP reply to you of the 17 January 2014 has been dated as 2013! This is misleading and may give someone the impression that the information may be out of date.

Ted Allan left an annotation ()

FoI 5619 wdtk.pdf dated the 17 January 2014.

Not only is this letter incorrectly dated 17 January 2013, the DWP is thanking Mr Davis for his freedom of information request dated the 27 November 2014.

This a monumental cock-up for sure. Or have I misread this.

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