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 http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/12/withhold/ 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.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)

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