NAZI DWP TRIES TO GET OUT OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A

e-mail: freedom-of-information-re

[email address]

Our Ref: VTR 71

29 February 2012
Annex A

Dear Mr Zola,

Thank you for your email requesting a review of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
handling of your previous Freedom of Information request.

You specifically stated;

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pension’s handling of my
FOI request ‘Successful bidders’.

My request was based on the fact that you have already released names before and I do not
think you have considered the Public interest properly, as the DWP is providing free labour to
organisations, which means this is a subsidy funded by the Public often to let big business
make profits from free labour. It is in the Public interest for them to be informed how its money
is being used to profit shareholders.

Please be assured that your request has been given our full consideration and that all aspects
of your review were taken fully into account. The review was conducted by an independent
official of the Department, of the relevant grade and authority to carry out such requests. The
case has been examined afresh, and guidance has been sought from domain experts to
ensure all factors were taken fully into account.

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) acknowledges that there is a public interest in
organisations involved in providing work placements for the Work Programme; we have in fact
released this information following previous FOI requests. More recently however, we have
become aware of various campaigns aimed at harming the commercial interests of companies
involved in delivering the Work Programme as well as a potentially undermining Government
policy. For that reason the Department will not comply with further FOI requests to release
information about companies who provide, or have provided, work placements.

I maintain that the exemption applied to withhold this information (section 43 (2)) is correct and
that it is in the public’s interest to ensure that DWP obtains goods or services on the best
commercial terms and that we protect the legitimate commercial interests of our suppliers, to
undermine the process could also harm unemployed people who find this to be a useful
stepping stone back to employment. Work Experience gives unemployed people the
opportunity to be placed with local businesses where they are able to gain valuable work
experience, improve their CVs and marketability to potential employers

You have now exhausted the Departmental internal review process; if you are not content with
the outcome, the next step is for you to apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office
for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team
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Your right to complain under the Freedom of Information Act
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office for a decision. Generally the Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF www.ico.gov.uk

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