Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,
Please see the link quoted, lifted from the House of Commons own library, Briefing No 6340, you will note under Section 1, "Who participates on the Work Programme" it quotes the following: -
The Work Programme covers England, Wales and Scotland. Unemployed individuals are referred on to the programme from their local Jobcentre Plus after they have been receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for a minimum amount of time. There are nine broad groups of people who are eligible for the Work Programme:
As the terms of the Social Security (Credits) Regulation 1975 clearly states that an individual registered as unemployed and ONLY in receipt of National Insurance credits is technically and legally deemed not to be in receipt of benefits.
Therefore based on these documents can you please confirm that an unemployed individual only in receipt of such credits could NOT be forcibly mandated onto the Work Programme against their will?
Dear Mr Spencer-Gray
Your request relates to information outside of the remit of the PHSO. Your request will need to be forwarded to the Department for Work and Pensions who would be the owners of this information and the most appropriate organisation to respond.
Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Dear Information Rights,
Your public domain web site states, and I quote : -We make final decisions on complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS in England and UK government departments and other public organisations. We do this fairly and without taking sides. Our service is free.
If you are unable to answer a simple question regarding stated protocols, from official government sources, how can you do your job and give the public confidence in your competence.
I also note that your response falls beyound the terms of the FoI Act which in theory places you in contempt of the law, not an ideal status when you are paid by the tax payer to ensure that Government departments comply with their published policies and within the law.
I formally request an internal review.
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