Sharing your information with Employers and Community Work Placement #workfare providers

DWP has given Community Work Placement (CWP) providers powers to share and obtain participants personal data:

“The Information Sharing Designation Order will allow CWP providers to share claimants’ personal data:
– Where the provider requires evidence from an employer to claim an outcome payment for a CWP claimant, and/or
– To obtain interview feedback where a CWP JSA claimant has been mandated to apply for a job
– Where they need to share information with a work placement host (JSA only).”
CWP LR02 provider memo: information sharing

This is related to DWP CWP, Jobsearch and Work Programme (WP) providers being given the powers of an Employment Officer and a similar WP Designation Order.

To mitigate against DWP WP providers sharing and obtaining your personal data, see section 1.1 of which could be adapted for CWP and the mandatory Supervised Jobsearch Pilot. As well as considering whether an DWP provider forms need signing, as they can and often do include a consent based voluntary agreement to share your personal data.

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
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