The source of claims made in the Secretary of Sate's speech dated 24/8/15

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
In his speech to the ‘Reform’ organisation dated 24/8/15 the Secretary of State for Works and Pensions made a number of claims based apparently upon statistical and other information.
I wish to request the source of each of the following claims:
• Under Labour, welfare spending went up 60% and the benefits system cost every household an extra £3,000 a year.
• Spending on tax credits increased by 335%. That’s £23 billion.
• nearly one in five households had no one working;
• the number of households where no one had ever worked had nearly doubled;
• 1.4 million people had been on benefits for most of the previous decade.
• close to half of all households in the social rented sector had no one in work.

• A life without work, for many, had become ‘the norm’.
– what is the source of this claim; how many people were being spoken of?

• It was taking root in families and starting to pass through the generations.
What is the source of this claim and what evidence is there of ‘passing through the generations’?

• Significant numbers of people saw work as something completely alien to them and their families.
• For many, work was something they simply didn’t do, and never had.
Is there any supporting evidence for these claims?
• The Work Programme is, I believe, the most successful back to work programme we’ve ever seen.

This implies a comparison – with what ?

• Growing evidence over the last decade has shown work can keep people healthy as well as help promote recovery if someone falls ill.
What is the evidence cited here?

• In fact, almost one in four people on Jobseekers Allowance has a mental health condition.
What is the source of this statement?
Of these claimants, how many have been refused ESA before their JSA claim?
Of these ESA refusals, how many are disputing the decision made on their ESA?

• half of all JobCentres are now using Universal Credit.
Would it not have been more accurate to state that Universal Credit in these Jobcentres is only operating on a limited ‘Gateway’ basis?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Dutton
Derbyshire Welfare Rights
Cemetery Lane
Ripley
Derbyshire DE5 3HY

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,
I gather the response to his request has been delayed.

I should be obliged to be given the reason why it has been delayed.

Many thanks for your help.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Dutton

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