Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It is normal practice when running projects or programmes to document and control risks, assumptions, issues, and dependencies. These are known collectively as RAID.

I know that the Department documents the issues and risk for its Universal Credit Programme (“UC”) but I do not know if formal logs or registers exist for assumptions and dependencies.

RFI1 – Please confirm if assumptions and dependencies are documented for UC and the type of document employed to record them (e.g. a separate log/register for each, combined with other information etc).

RF2 – If logs/registers exist for UC assumptions and dependencies in their own right please disclose them (this must include open and closed assumptions and dependencies) in electronic format (MS Office applications or PDF are acceptable formats).

RFI3 – Please disclose the UC risk register (this must include open and closed risks) in electronic format (MS Office applications or PDF are acceptable formats).

RFI4 – Please disclose the UC issues log (this must include open and closed issues) in electronic format (MS Office applications or PDF are acceptable formats).

If it is helpful to the Department the scope of RFI2, RFI3 and RFI4 may be limited to mean information held that is dated between 01 June 2013 and the 30 July 2018.

“Electronic format” – I am aware that emailing large files on WDTK is problematic for the Department. Therefore I am happy for the requested information to be disclosed to me using CD/DVD media. A postal address can be supplied upon request outside of the WDTK website.

I am content that personal information exempt under S.40 FOIA be redacted by the Department prior to disclosure.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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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 "RAID" documents'.

Thank you for your remarkably rapid response.

Based on the Department’s previous responses and evidence given by its own Tribunal witnesses I am unable to agree that my request exceeds the statutory cost limits.

By their very nature risks and issues must be readily available and accessible or they become useless to the programme. It would also be normal to hold dependencies and assumptions in a similar fashion to risks and issues. By citing S.12 one can only conclude that the Department doesn’t hold the risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies for UC in a format that allows them to be of any use to the programme team.

In order to cite S.12 the Department must have completed a written estimate. Please disclose that estimate along with the date it was created.

I also contend that the Department has manifestly failed in its S.16 obligations. Each request for information must be considered on its own merits. Therefore claiming a massively late response (that still hasn’t actually been issued) for a much earlier request, covering different information, satisfies its S.16 obligations is flawed. The Department must explain what could be done in respect of the current request to bring within the statutory cost limits. Any reasonable person would conclude that this might include reducing the scope. This might be omitting some of the 4 component parts of the request.

I look forward to the Department’s equally rapid response to this IRR.

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 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 "RAID" documents'.

The DWP has failed to respond to my IRR of 23 August 2018. Therefore it has breached the S.45 code of practice. S.45 code of practice request handling states at [5.4]-[5.5]:

“Requests for internal review should be acknowledged and the applicant informed of the target date for responding. This should normally be within 20 working days of receipt.

If an internal review is complex, requires consultation with third parties or the relevant information is of a high volume, public authorities may need longer than 20 working days to consider the issues and respond. In these instances, the public authority should inform the applicant and provide a reasonable target date by which they will be able to respond to the internal review. It is best practice for this to be no more than an additional 20 working days, although there will sometimes be legitimate reasons why a longer extension is needed.”

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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John Slater left an annotation ()

The ICO has written to the DWP giving it 10 days to provide its response.
I have no doubt that it will refuse my request and that I shall have to go to the ICO once again.

John Slater left an annotation ()

Please ignore previous annotation, I've added it to the wrong request.

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As expected the DWP has refused b y request citing S.12. I have complained to the information commissioner.

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