The DWP has lost 3* first tier FOI tribunal appeal hearings on disclosure of the names of Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), Work Programme and Day One Support for Young People Trailblazer workfare exploiters. The tribunal’s decision was “unanimous” and found the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) disclosure exemptions claimed by the DWP on The economy s.29; – Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs s.36(2)(c); – Commercial interests/trade secrets s.43 unfounded and “should therefore fail”. Therefore the DWP must disclose the withheld information, or seek an appeal. All of the 3 requesters Sheldon, Sheenan and Chance used WhatDoTheyKnow.com to make these FOI requests, alongside the cited case of Zola, with regards naming MWA workfare exploiters throughout the UK.
“Each of the appeals therefore fails and the DWP should respond to each of
the information requests in the manner indicated in the relevant decision
notice*” View full tribunal decision online – download (pdf)
*Original FOI requests
Sheldon – : Groundworks and work programme placements – ICO notice (FS50517872)
Sheenan – : Divine Rescue MWA – ICO notice (FS50515872)
Chance – : Day One Support for young People Trailblazer – ICO notice (FS50520380)
Case cited: Zola – Successful bidders (MWA), with historical links and full text of decisions.
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