Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

When the Department's Hub Strategy was introduced in approx 2017; staff were expected to work from a designated office location. How did you apply the Public Sector Equality Duty, in relation to 'working from home' requests, particularly for parents, carers and staff with a disability that impacts their ability to travel to work? What information do you hold, what advice was sought and what legal advice, information was given regarding DWP's Public Sector Equality Duty towards their staff?

Yours faithfully,

C. Halsey

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

Regarding my Public sector equality duty to DWP hub strategy request . I haven't had a reply yet. Could you please update me? Do you need me to clarify anything? Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Halsey

DWP freedom-of-information-requests, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Charlie,

The DWP responded to your request on the 23 Oct - I attach a copy for information.

Regards

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

Thanks for the reply. Unless I'm going blind, for your information, this reply on 28th Oct, to the Hub Strategy FOI is the only one received on the What Do They Know website, I can't see anything on the 23rd.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Halsey

Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

Thanks for your reply to my FOI request; which has clarified some points, but the 'working from home' related information is unanswered, I've pasted my request below for your info with some further questions:

"When the Department's Hub Strategy was introduced in approx 2017; staff were expected to work from a designated office location. How did you apply the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), in relation to 'working from home' requests, particularly for parents, carers and staff with a disability that impacts their ability to travel to work? What information do you hold, what advice was sought and what legal advice, information was given regarding DWP's Public Sector Equality Duty towards their staff?"

You explained the process for dealing with staff that were impacted by a move, but not about 'working from home' requests from staff. Were 'working from home' requests considered in the PSED?

Was there an intention to limit staff working from home?

Could you please explain how you undertook the equality analysis that you mentioned?

Could I get copies of the Equality Analysis and Exemption Panel decisions that you mentioned?

Could I also have a copy of the Government Legal Department PSED advice to the Senior Responsible Officer?

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Halsey

Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

To clarify my request. The hub strategy is also known as the People and Locations Policy. The policy/ strategy stated that '...staff should be in their designated offices on their normal working days, unless there were good business reasons to be elsewhere....' or words to that effect. Could you also forward me a copy of this policy?

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Halsey

no-reply@dwp.ecase.co.uk on behalf of DWP HR PQ & FOI Focal Point, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Charlie Halsey,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 29th
October.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

no-reply@dwp.ecase.co.uk on behalf of DWP HR PQ & FOI Focal Point, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Charlie Halsey,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 29th
October.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

no-reply@dwp.ecase.co.uk on behalf of DWP Central FOI Team, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Charlie Halsey,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 18th
November.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team