Department for Work and Pensions
31 March 2014, Central government
The complainant has requested information about a named company’s involvement in the DWPs Work Programme (WP) placements. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) refused to confirm or deny whether it held the information under section 36(3), section 43(3) and, later, section 29(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The Commissioner’s decision is that the DWP incorrectly applied section 36(3), section 43(3) and section 29(2) to neither confirm nor deny whether the requested information is held. The Commissioner requires the public authority to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation. Confirm or deny whether the requested information is held. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Tribunal.