Thank you's received from sanctioned claimants

N McAllister made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In a report issued by the Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform
Committee (link below), Neil Couling, your Work Services Director is quoted as saying:

1. "Yes, that's not so remarkable [that jobcentres are inundated with thank you cards from claimant's that have been sanctioned].

I would like to know how many thank you cards have been received by each individual Jobcentre in County Durham. If it's possible, please be specific about how many of those cards were sent by recipients of benefit sanctions.

Please note, this isn't - as might appear - a flippant request. A senior official has made a statement to parliament that we believe to be false, and I'd like it quantified.

2. Mr Couling says the DWP employs qualified psychologists in its jobcentres. We'd like to know how many qualified psychologists the DWP employs in jobcentres throughout the country, and in which jobcentres such staff are employed. Please also tell us about the role of psychologists in Jobcentres. Is there guidance for Jobcentres about how to use the psychologists they employ?

Thank you.
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Yours faithfully,

McAllister (Ms)

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There's a problem with the link, try

N McAllister left an annotation ()

Thank you, Mr Harris.

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Link still does'nt work for me

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Link works for me now thanks

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Dear Ms McAllister
Please find attached the reply to your recent Freedom of Information
request reference number 2100:
Thank you
DWP Freedom of Information Team

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Jim Stones left an annotation ()

You might wish to see their reply to my request