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Post by ABC on Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:36 am

In my quest to avoid the WHP I came across the criteria that a claimant must meet to be referred. One of those is the "disability definition" on this page https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/461555/response/1118126/attach/html/2/FoI%20439%20Reply.pdf.html

It says:

Step 1
2. Does the potential participant:
The answer to one of these checks must be YES
meet the disability definition  
meet one of the specified Early Access Disadvantaged groups  

The second doesn't apply to me but I believe the disability definition does not apply to me either so I shouldn't be referred. That said I can't find the actual definition - the link goes to the DWP's Intranet site that's not open to outsiders. I'm pretty sure it won't be the Equality Act 2010 version of disability but DWP's own interpretation. Anyone know where the info is please? I'll put in a FoI if no-one knows but I need it quickly (mandation is looming) so any help appreciated.
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Post by Non Deficere on Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:53 am

ABC wrote:In my quest to avoid the WHP I came across the criteria that a claimant must meet to be referred. One of those is the "disability definition" on this page https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/461555/response/1118126/attach/html/2/FoI%20439%20Reply.pdf.html

It says:

Step 1
2. Does the potential participant:
The answer to one of these checks must be YES
meet the disability definition  
meet one of the specified Early Access Disadvantaged groups  

The second doesn't apply to me but I believe the disability definition does not apply to me either so I shouldn't be referred. That said I can't find the actual definition - the link goes to the DWP's Intranet site that's not open to outsiders. I'm pretty sure it won't be the Equality Act 2010 version of disability but DWP's own interpretation. Anyone know where the info is please? I'll put in a FoI if no-one knows but I need it quickly (mandation is looming) so any help appreciated.

Follow the link regarding DWP's disability definition here:

https://www.gov.uk/work-health-programme

You don't have to have a disability to be randomly selected for the W&HP if you are long term unemployed (24+ months).

And,

Potential participant with a disability
8.
Persons with a disability can be referred by the work coach on a voluntary basis at the most appropriate time. The potential participant must have a disability or
disabilities as defined by the Equality Act 2010:‘Physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities. For example, for the purpose of the act, long term is defined as ‘has lasted or is likely to last at least 12 months’; cancer, HIV infection and multiple sclerosis are defined as disabilities; an impairment which consists of a severe disfigurement would be considered as having an ‘adverse effect’.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/460415/response/1110039/attach/8/5.Eligibility.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1

This FOI is worth another re-visit.  Smile
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Post by ABC on Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:20 pm

Thanks ND.

Non Deficere wrote: You don't have to have a disability to be randomly selected for the W&HP if you are long term unemployed (24+ months).

And,

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/460415/response/1110039/attach/8/5.Eligibility.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1
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So does the information on eligibility in that link only apply to voluntary referrals? I can't see where it says that. I thought it was for anyone being referred, including LTUs, in which case I wouldn't qualify under the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability and so shouldn't be referred. Crying or Very sad
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Post by Non Deficere on Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:46 pm

ABC wrote:Thanks ND.

Non Deficere wrote: You don't have to have a disability to be randomly selected for the W&HP if you are long term unemployed (24+ months).

And,

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/460415/response/1110039/attach/8/5.Eligibility.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1
Smile

So does the information on eligibility in that link only apply to voluntary referrals? I can't see where it says that. I thought it was for anyone being referred, including LTUs, in which case I wouldn't qualify under the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability and so shouldn't be referred. Crying or Very sad

After a second read, I think it relevant to voluntary participants.

The Provider guidance for LTU:

Chapter 2
Long Term Unemployed Participants

Para 12 - 15 does not mention the disability criteria.

14. Whether eligible  Participants access the WHP will be determined by a process of random allocation.  If a  Participant  is randomly allocated, they will be referred by the Work Coach to the supplier on a mandatory basis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-and-health-programme-provider-guidance
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Post by ABC on Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:35 pm

Yes, reading some of the other FoI requests they make a clear distinction between disabled claimants and LTU claimants. So LTU claimants are eligible no matter what.
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Post by Non Deficere on Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:37 pm

ABC wrote:Yes, reading some of the other FoI requests they make a clear distinction between disabled claimants and LTU claimants. So LTU claimants are eligible no matter what.

It is still a lottery for volunteers as well as LTU claimants due to the DCAMS process...

(2) The Department does not hold this information as all referrals to the Work and Health Programme (WHP) will be made by Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches, using a computer based selection tool.  

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/461555/response/1118126/attach/html/2/FoI%20439%20Reply.pdf.html

However, you can ask for a copy of the report as well as making representation.
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Post by ABC on Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:44 am

ND I'd really like to see that table you linked to (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/460415/response/1110039/attach/8/5.Eligibility.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1) in context, just to reassure myself that it does indeed not apply to LTU candidates for WHP. Do you know where it was taken from?

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Post by Non Deficere on Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:24 pm

ABC wrote:ND I'd really like to see that table you linked to (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/460415/response/1110039/attach/8/5.Eligibility.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1) in context, just to reassure myself that it does indeed not apply to LTU candidates for WHP. Do you know where it was taken from?


That seems to be a good approach ABC.

The link you asked for:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/work_health_programme_procedural

Another link:

The referral process for LTU claimants is carried out using a random allocation tool. (This is to
ensure that allocation is carried out on a fair basis, especially where volumes of referrals
exceed the number of places available.  

The work coach, when deciding whether to refer an eligible LTU claimant onto the WHP, has
to take into account the person’s individual circumstances and consider whether discretion
should be applied. There are exemption and deferral criteria which set out specific
circumstances where it would not be appropriate to refer someone onto the programme.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/499507/response/1209912/attach/html/3/J%20Smith%203271.pdf.html
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