Pilots on sanctions for in-work claimants 2015

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Rosanne Rabinowitz

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I am making a Freedom of Information request regarding schemes piloting programmes aimed at in-work claimants - including sanctions on benefits - announced by your department to start April 2015. I would appreciate information on the following:

1. Where will these pilots be located?
2. How will they operate and what will working claimants be expected to do?
Please supply outlines of programmes, courses, schedules and procedures.
3. By what mechanisms will sanctions be applied to working claimants?
Please supply details of communications with Housing Benefit departments in affected areas, or other relevant agencies.
4. What providers are contracted to administer these programmes?
5. How will ’success’ or ‘failure’ be determined in evaluating these pilots?
6. Finally, if these pilot schemes have been postponed, please provide the reasons why.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
Rosanne Rabinowitz

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Rosanne Rabinowitz left an annotation ()

The pilot will initially be delivered in 10 Jobcentre sites.
I had requested the locations - they only reiterated their press release from February and do not give the actual job centres. How do I press for further information about this? Send another FOI or is there another way to follow up on this one?

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@Rosanne Rabinowitz Possible new request

Please provide the name and address of the specific 10 Jobcentre sites piloting programmes aimed at in-work claimants, indicating which specific Jobcentre sites have started the pilot and which are planned to start or proposed to start in the future.

Please also disclose the information you hold on the associated:

a. Randomised Control Trial within Universal Credit.

b. Copies of information given to those chosen to undertake the Trial

c. Copies of any unique DWP forms, like but not exclusively, a claimant Commitment used for this Trial

d. The penalties that can be imposed upon Trial participants if they do not comply with mandated requirements

e. Guidance or information given to Work Coach on working with in-work claimants, whether on the Trial or not