James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

On the recommendation of the Cabinet Office I have been advised to ask the question below of your good selves and thus under the FoI Act could you please answer the following question.

FOI Reference:FOI327116 29/11/2018 Dear JAMES SPENCER-GRAY I refer to your request where you asked: With regards to the current Government and past Governments flagship Welfare Reform Programme, could you please confirm that such reforms can only effect those members of our society who are actually in receipt of a cash benefit and thus can not effect anyone not in receipt of any cash monies from the state.
I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information you requested is not held by the Cabinet Office.
You may wish to try contacting the Department for Work and Pensions at this link: [email address] who may be able to help you with your request.

Kind regards

James Spencer-Gray

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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James Spencer-Gray left an annotation ()

The DWP have avoided answering a straight question and that is what is state welfare, have the never heard of the Beveridge report.
Logically a simple answer would be the state payment of monies to an individual.
Why cant they say so?
What are they trying to conceal?

James Spencer-Gray left an annotation ()

The web page the DWP refers to consists of 100's of different pages, fundamentally all relating to Universal Credit, so a simple question is being avoided by burying it in documentation

Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley left an annotation ()

In all fairness James, your question was not very clear. It seems unclear what you want to know.

James Spencer-Gray left an annotation ()

in all fairness I'm trying to obtain a straight answer from the establishment concerning how the Work Programme operated and that in no circumstances was it used for purely political means and despite the DWP's please was lawful, the normal response is to avoid answering a direct question by stating its vexatious.
The DWP have published several documents of this subject, the first being the original document stating how the programme would work and can be found under :- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk....

This clearly states that at the time of allocation the individual HAD TO BE IN RECEIPT OF AN OUT OF WORK INCOME REPLACEMENT BENEFIT.

The second document was produced for the benefit of the designated Work Providers, the theoretical last line of defence against any claims of abuse of power but more importantly to ensure that the programme complied with the law and with the contractual obligations given by the Government to the European Social Fund in exchange for £2.50b of funding, this can be found under: -https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...
The problem I have is that no government department will acknowledge the validity of these documents although they apparently were the basis of their defence in the legal court hearings Reilly v the DWP.
The question then remains, how many people were subjected to the Work Programme, other than myself, who were not in receipt of any benefit payments let alone the quoted relevant ones in the documents mentioned.
So I wish to expose that the Work Programme was a complete scam and a blind eye was turned as to whether it complied with the law or not.
The refusal to answer is simple...money and political correct behaviour even if individuals could be forced to cease registering as unemployed an thus become classified as financially inactive.

Florence Elizabeth Constance Daisley left an annotation ()

I see now. Although your question did not mention the work programme specifically, that was where the confusion arose for me.

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