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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
[DWP request email]
Our reference: VTR FOI 152
Date: 28 January 2015
Dear Mr Allen
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 14 January 2016. You asked
Please provide me with any recorded data held by the DWP stating it is a mandatory requirement for claimants to fill in or sign any provider forms or documents when participating in a provider led mandatory activity or programme.
Also please provide me with any recorded data held by the DWP detailing exactly what action the DWP or a provider can take against a claimant who has agreed to participate in a provider led mandatory activity or programme but who has also declined to fill or sign any provider forms or documents. By forms and documents, I mean: Health and safety checklist, claimant code
of practice, action plans, timesheets, induction checklist sheets, data protection waivers, and so on.
It is not a mandatory requirement for claimants to fill in or sign any provider forms or documents when participating in a provider led mandatory activity or programme.
Because it is not mandatory, there is no recorded data held detailing any action DWP or a provider can take against those who have declined to sign
said forms or documents.
Participants are required to do all they reasonably can to give themselves the best chance of finding work.
Should a participant decline to sign the provider’s forms, this does not mean that they do not have to participate in the programme.
The referral letter given to a participant by Jobcentre Plus details the potential consequences for failing to participate as required.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.
DWP Central FoI Team
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