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Universal Credit - Current Versions of Risks, Issues, Dependencies & Assumptions Logs

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In the Commissioner’s decision notice (“DN”) FS50792926 related to a request for the Universal Credit RAID documents, at [25] and [26] it was stated:

“25. Due to the above the DWP revised its estimation of the time it would take to meet the complainant’s request for information. Its revised estimates are as follows, its original estimates (as above) are in parenthesis.

• RFI1 - Assumption log – Open – 4 hours (previously 5)
• RFI1 - Assumption log – Closed – 50 hours (previously 65)
• RFI3 -Risk log – Open – 9
• RFI3 -Risk log – Closed- 50 (previously a total of 65)

26. In addition to the above the DWP also provided answers to specific queries raised or asserted by the complainant:

Query
Normally RAID information would be held in separate formal logs or registers to allow for ease of access and updating. This could be MS Office documents (e.g. Word or Excel) held on a shared computer drive or in specific IT applications that allow access for people working on the programme or project.

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“I can confirm that separate excel spreadsheets are used to log issues risks issues and dependencies”

Please note that the queries were questions submitted by the Commissioner to the DWP and the replies were the responses provided by the Department.

In light of the above:

RFI1: Please disclose the current version of the Open Universal Credit Programme Assumptions log.

RFI2: As the Universal Credit Programme Issues, Risks and Dependencies are logged in separate Excel spreadsheets, please disclose the current versions in Excel format (this will reduce the amount of time required to provide the information as it will not need to be converted to pdf).

Please note that personal information exempt under section 40(2) FOIA is specifically excluded from the scope of my requests.

S.12 advice re RFI2 – My request is for the current versions of the respective documents whether they contain open and / or closed entries. As I am requesting the current versions of the documents there is no need to check for accuracy, collate information / documents, cross reference information or remove anything. Please note that the costs for redaction cannot be included in an cost estimate.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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Mark Abraham left an annotation ()

John, you seem do have a good understanding of the DWP's ways and means of dealing with Universal Credit. I'm interested in learning more about that. Do you have any information you can share please?

John Slater left an annotation ()

Hi Mark,
I've been focusing on how the DWP Universal Credit Programme has been being run (very badly). I don't know much about the day to day experience of people who are claiming UC. The best sources I can suggest are:

- The response & documents I've had to my FOIA requests on here.
- Other FOI requests on WDTK.
- Searching Deposited papers on Parliament's library:
https://www.parliament.uk/depositedpapers
The DWP released UC Programme board papers on 12/09/19 & 29/01/19. There should be more published soon.
NAO Reports published over the years (available via the NAO website).

Other than this it's just a case of researching what you can find online.
John

J Roberts left an annotation ()

"Universal Credit: Welfare system to be delayed again with completion not expected until 2024"

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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 'Universal Credit - Current Versions of Risks, Issues, Dependencies & Assumptions Logs'.

Whilst I appreciate that everyone at the DWP is extremely busy I believe if should still comply with its legal obligations. The Department should have provided me with its final response a week ago.

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

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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Dear John Slater,

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Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request (FOI2020/04429).

We would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your FoI
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The DWP does endeavour to respond to FoI requests within 20 working days.
However due to the current situation with COVID-19 it has not been
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Dear John Slater,

Our Ref: IR2020/15603

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