Work & Health Programme Provider Guidance (again).

Waiting for an internal review by Department for Work and Pensions of their handling of this request.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In your reply to a recent FoI request, your reference "FoI 4476 reply.pdf" you refer the requester (more than once) to the Work and Health Programme Provider Guidance.
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

However in various previous FoI requests you have refused to supply links to this guidance stating that it was still in draft form and not yet published.
(I acknowledge that prior to this you have indeed provided links to draft copies via the Bravo portal).

As you are now refering requesters to this guidance in your replies then we can only assume that it is no longer in draft, and has now been completed and is accessible.
If not then your replies are not providing the requested information in a form that the requester can access.

I also note that in certain areas, NW England (Ingeus) and Wales (Remploy) the W&HP is supposedly already 'live', and is due to go live for the rest of England in January 2018.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-e...

If the programme is 'live', then the guidance must also be 'live' so that the providers can work to it.

However the guidance is not yet available on the gov.uk website.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

This being the case please provide a link to where the completed Work and Health Programme Provider Guidance can now be accessed.

Please also indicate when this guidance will be published on the gov.uk website for public access.

Yours faithfully,

S. Gwilliam

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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 'Work & Health Programme Provider Guidance (again).'.

Your reply states that the guidance requested is exempt from publication due to section 22 of the FoI Act 'Material to be published at a future date', and that it is not in the public interest to release the information at this time.

As pointed out in my original request the 'Work and Health programme' to which the guidance applies is now live.
Benefit claimants are currently being referred to this programme.

That being the case then there is no reasonable excuse as to why the guidance that applies to this programme should be kept secret from the public.

Presumably the programme Providers have been issued with the completed guidance to enable them to perform their duties correctly.
If not then just what are they currently working to?

The providers of the previous 'Work Programme' were (and still are) notorious for mandating claimaints to perform unreasonable tasks, often tasks that did not comply with the guidance for that programme, and indeed often did not comply with benefit legislation.

By keeping this W&HP guidance a secret from the public you are denying any claimant referred/mandated to this programme their rights to know just what rules they are expected/required to comply with.
ie. How can a claimant know if their referral/mandation is proper (and legal).
How can a programme participant know if what they are being asked to do is proper (and legal) if the rules and guidance that apply to the programme are being kept secret?

Please reconsider your stance and provide the requested guidance.

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

Yours faithfully,

S. Gwilliam

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