The Work Programme

Currently waiting for a response from Department for Work and Pensions, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I have been instructed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman to direct this question to you and I quote ;-

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.

As the question relies purely on official public domain information. the House of Commons library, to seek clarification can not in any manner be deemed vexatious, it requires a simple yes or no answer.

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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Dear Mr Spencer-Gray

As you have been advised on a number of previous occasions, Section 17(6) of the Act provides that there is no need for us to issue a refusal notice if we have already given you a refusal notice for a previous vexatious request and it would be unreasonable to issue another one. We have also advised you that we believe that both of those conditions have been met and therefore we will not respond to any further requests of the same nature. Your right to complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office has also been explained to you in previous correspondence.

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James Spencer-Gray

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'The Work Programme'. Based on the fact that my request is purely based on official public domain documentation and thus to decline to respond on the basis that the question is vexatious is troubling.

Are you suggesting that such documentation is false and has no value.

I suggest you review the various declarations made by your department in the hearings between Reilly v the DWP. Evidence given under oath.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

James Spencer-Gray

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