Mandatory Work Activity providers trying to make people destitute by “large number of inappropriate” “nugatory referrals” for sanctions

Changes to the Provider Direct service for Mandatory Work Activity Providers
nugatory referrals
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/mwa-memo-lr18.pdf
From: DWP Mandatory Work Activity Live Running Memo No: 18 – 25 October 2013
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/supplying-dwp/what-we-buy/welfare-to-work-services/provider-guidance/man-work-act-memos.shtml

Provider Direct: Guidance for Mandatory Work Activity Providers – 22 October 2013
“The aim is to reduce the large number of inappropriate referrals…
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/pg-man-work-provider-direct.pdf

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Supreme Court and Workfare: Landmark Poundland Cait Reilly Ruling

Supreme Court

Read judgment online: Reilly & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] UKSC 68 (30 October 2013)
http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKSC/2013/68.html (HTML not a pdf!)

Benefit Sanctions: Jobcentre evidence gathering questions and computer screen shots

The DWP has disclosed computer screen shots of the ‘DART (Decision and Automated Referral Toolkit). Also known as Labour Market Toolkit’. They show the evidence gathering process Jobcentre ‘Advisers’ undertake before auto referring a JSA entitlement doubt to a Decision Maker by computer. (DM)

If someone subject to a JSA entitlement doubt does not respond to the questions disclosed, evidence gathering potentially leading to a sanction(s) is limited, therefore not answering questions could frustrate any DM referral. It would seem reasonable that a Jobcentre adviser be requested to supply a copy [print out] of all the questions they have, so more considered responses can be given, ideally after independent advice has been secured.

DART: “The Decision and Automated Referral Toolkit is an internal DWP IT system used to send certain sanction doubts to a Labour Market Decision Maker.  Please find a document attached containing screen shots of the system.” https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/181568/response/444578/attach/html/3/Response%204977.pdf.html
From: DWP Central FoI Team – 29 October 2013

Sample DART screen shot: “did you actually apply for any jobs”?

View all disclosures: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/toolkits#incoming-444578

The above processes likely to have been amended as a consequence of the 28th October 2013 changes for challenging Benefit Decisions. More comments on this in the DWP cover letter.

DART and Dart Board Fraud referrals?

Curiously the Jobcentre computer icon for a Fraud Referral is a Dart Board

Image source via dwp 

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)

FOI: How to claim JSA without using the Government Gateway

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/how_to_claim_jsa_without_using_t
Annotation: “They (DWP) do then go on to and list a load of reasons for not claiming online…

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)

Making a Universal Credit claim: information claimants need to have ready

How to claim JSA without using the Government Gateway
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/how_to_claim_jsa_without_using_t
Annotation: “They (DWP) do then go on to and list a load of reasons for not claiming online…

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-claimants-need-to-have-ready-when-they-claim-universal-credit

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)