Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Could you please confirm that no individual, who had been allocated to the Work Programme, and who was not in receipt of any CASH monies (benefits) was mandated to undertake a work placement and subsequently received a formal letter threatening them with sanctions as they had failed to comply with this demanded work placement.
I do note the defence comments, made under oath in various senior courts in respect of the hearings Reilly v the DWP.
Based on evidence given by the DWP one can only assume the answer would be zero and that no one was asked to undertake a force/compulsory labour placement.
Can you confirm this is correct.
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Can you deny the contents of your departments documentation, your ref FOI 2018/04471 of the 17.10.2108 which I quote:-
The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) does not run any schemes where job seekers are forced to work for FREE. The Supreme Court in the case of Reilly ruled that the Department's mandatory Back to Work Schemes, which include the Work Programme, do not breach Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights (forced or compulsory labour),. See Reilly and Wilson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2013) UKSC 68, at paragraphs 77-91...………...Therefore the Department strongly refutes any allegation that mandating participation on any of its employment programmes amounts to forced labour.
On the basis of this official document could you please therefore confirm that if anyone was punished for not undertaking a mandated work placement when THEY WERE NOT IN RECEIPT OF ANY CASH BENEFIT MONIES, TH E ACTION WOULD BE ILLEGAL.
the question can therefore NOT be classified as VEXTIOUS as it sought clarification of an OFICIAL PUBLIC DOMIAN DOCUMENT.
I await your formal response
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