Tailoring Up

Caroline Selman made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In its response to the Work & Pensions Committee 2018 Benefit Sanctions Inquiry, DWP stated that it would “explore the possibility of a Proof of Concept” regarding the approach to conditionality for disabled people and people with health conditions .

The response stated that work would be done “with analysis and stakeholders to develop clear outcome measures and success criteria”.

We understand from paragraph 123 of the Health & Disability Green Paper that this Proof of Concept went ahead in September 2019 and that this approach has now been rolled out nationally, subject to ongoing evaluation.

We understand from a recent response to a parliamentary question that this national roll-out went live in January 2021 and was completed in December 2021 (https://questions-statements.parliament....).

The relevant approach was referred to as “Tailoring Up” in a recent letter from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to the Chair of the Pensions Select Committee (and in recent responses to parliamentary questions). We have therefore used this term in this request to refer to the approach described above.

Information requested

Please provide us with the following:

1. The design of the Tailoring Up proof of concept;
2. Details of stakeholder involvement in a) developing and b) evaluating the Tailoring Up proof of concept;
3. The outcome measures and success criteria that were applied to the Tailoring Up Proof of Concept;
4. Any Tailoring Up Proof of Concept report;
5. The formal decision to implement the Tailoring Up approach nationally;
6. Any equality impact assessment that was carried out in connection with that decision;
7. Any internal training, operational guidance, policies or internal scripts which refer to Tailoring Up or the approach to which that term relates;
8. The outcome measures and success criteria that are being used to evaluate the Tailoring Up approach as it is applied nationally, including for the purposes of monitoring and reviewing the impact of this approach in relation to protected characteristics for the purposes of s. 149 of the Equalities Act 2010;
9. For each month since the adoption of the Tailoring Up approach, the number of claimants eligible for that approach broken down by a) age; b) gender; c) ethnicity and d) lone parent status;
10. For each month since the adoption of the Tailoring Up approach, the number of claimants eligible for that approach who were still subject to mandatory requirements broken down by a) age; b) gender; c) ethnicity and d) lone parent status; and

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Selman

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Dear Caroline Selman,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 15th
February.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thank you for your response to our request of 15 February 2022 (Ref: FOI2022/ 12562). I am writing to narrow the request taking into account the feedback in your response.

Please could you therefore provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the FOIA”):

1. A copy of any Tailoring Up Proof of Concept evaluation report;
2. The formal decision to implement the Tailoring Up approach nationally;
3. Any equality impact assessment that was carried out in connection with that decision
4. Any internal training, operational guidance, policies or internal scripts which refer to Tailoring Up or the approach to which that term relates;
5. The outcome measures and success criteria that are being used to evaluate the Tailoring Up approach as it is applied nationally.

Yours faithfully,

Caroline Selman

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Dear Caroline Selman,

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