Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
I refer to the DWP published documentation concerning the Work Programme originally published in 2011. On page 5 of this document it states, and I quote: - " Participants must all be receiving an out-of-work income-replacement benefit at the time they are referred.
The document can be found under : - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk....
I know refer to another DWP public domain documentation, found under your reference: -https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio..., which again confirms the above point but couches it in slightly different English by stating that an individual could not be mandated onto the Work programme if they were purely in receipt of National Insurance credits, i.e. not in receipt of an out of work income replacement benefit.
It also mentions that each individual had to undergo an interview before being allocated and therefore could not be mandated unless this process was duly observed, could you please confirm this point.
Therefore could you please confirm that NO ONE was allocated to the Work Programme, against their will, i.e. not a volunteer, unless the correct procedures mandated by the DWP were observed and that the designated Work Providers also had to comply with the notes provided by the DWP.
The question can be simplified, did every regional DWP office have to comply with the national policy and COULD NOT act unilaterally?
I contend that the only reason that you would find any reason not to answer the question would be to fail to acknowledge official departmental public domain documentation which ironically formed the basis of the DWP's (financed at great cost by the tax payer) in the case of Reilly and Wilson v the DWP.
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