Redacted UC Programme Board Papers - Nov, Dec 2019 and Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr 2020

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In respect of the Universal Credit Programme Board papers deposited on 26 April 2022 here:

https://depositedpapers.parliament.uk/de...

Please disclose the unredacted versions of the following documents that have been listed beneath the statutory exemption being relied on by the DWP.

Section 36
https://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPape...

Section 35
https://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPape...

Section 43
https://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPape...

Section 31
https://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPape...

https://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPape...

As it is highly unlikely that the Department will change its mind, I would be grateful if it agreed to waive the IRR section of the process such that this matter can be referred to the Commissioner without undue delay.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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freedom-of-information-request@dwp.gov.uk,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 2nd
May You asked for:

In respect of the Universal Credit Programme Board papers deposited on 26
April 2022 here:

https://secure-web.cisco.com/1CPTKGPDrNo...

Please disclose the unredacted versions of the following documents that
have been listed beneath the statutory exemption being relied on by the
DWP.

Section 36
https://secure-web.cisco.com/1wsuIJZ6vTN...

Section 35
https://secure-web.cisco.com/151J19ij-AK...

Section 43
https://secure-web.cisco.com/1jGki8JPngb...

Section 31
https://secure-web.cisco.com/15NUnfPfOfg...

https://secure-web.cisco.com/1oLEed3V2ya...

As it is highly unlikely that the Department will change its mind, I would
be grateful if it agreed to waive the IRR section of the process such that
this matter can be referred to the Commissioner without undue delay.

DWP Response

We can confirm that we hold information falling within the terms of your
request; however, we need more time to consider your request.

We are writing to advise you that the following exemptions may apply to
the information that you have requested:

Section 31 - Law enforcement

Section 35 - Formulation of government policy

Section 36 - Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs

Section 43 - Commercial interests

Section 10(3) of the FoI Act provides that, where public authorities have
to consider the balance of the public interest in relation to a request,
they do not have to comply with the request until such a time as is
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We have not yet reached a decision on the balance of the public interest.
We need to consider all the circumstances of the case, to determine where
the balance of the public interest lies in relation to the information
that you have requested. Therefore, we will not be able to respond to your
request in full within 20 working days of the initial receipt of your
request.

Accordingly, I hope to let you have a response by 28/6/22.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me quoting the
reference number above.

Y ours sincerely,

Central FOI Team,
Department for Work and Pensions

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Given the Department's history of abusing Section 10(3) FOIA, I write to remind it of the Commissioner's guidance. He states that a refusal must be issued within 40 working days of the original request unless there are exceptional circumstances.

I shall be writing to the Commissioner to ask him to instruct the Department to provide its refusal within the 40 working day limit.

As the Department is relying on Section 36, please confirm as part of its refusal that the opinion of a qualified person has been obtain and who that was.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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