UC Programme Board Meetings - Info packs.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Previously in April 2017 I asked what deliverables were provided to the Universal Credit Programme Board to allow them to review progress at the programme level and provide direction/guidance to the team.

The Department directed me to a number of large publicly available documents and refused to disclose anything else. Despite a promise to the Information Commissioner that it would disclose “something” in August 2018 nothing has appeared.

The Department’s previous response lacks credibility as the seniority of the members of the programme board is such that it would not be presented with the suggested volume of information at each monthly programme board meeting.

As a direct result of the abject failure of the Department to do as it promised and the Information Commissioner to act, the information I requested is now very old. Therefore:

RFI1 – Please disclose the “packs of information” provided to the UC programme board members for the purpose of the 4 most recent UC programme board meetings. If available please include any presentations made to the programme board or documents distributed “on the day”. If the Department is going to provide links to large publicly available documents it must direct me to the specific parts of those documents that were presented to the programme board or confirm that the whole documents formed part of the packs I have requested.

Please note that my request is for the packs of information provided to the programme board members for each of the last 4 programme board meetings. The scope of this request therefore does not include information that is generally available to the members of the programme board (unless it was specifically referenced during the meetings).

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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