@DWP says completion of Health and Work Conversation questionnaire booklet not mandatory…only ‘conversation’!

The DWP confirms that completion of it’s Work and Health Programme (WHP) Health and Work Conversation (HWC) questionnaire booklet and associated ‘my values‘ exercise are not mandatory and no sanction will be applied, so long as claimant “participates and engages in the WHP “mandatory Work Focused Interview“, which the DWP call a ‘conversation’ with a Work Coach, to quote:

“The HWC is a claimant led conversation so claimants can decide whether they want to discuss  their health. If claimants do not wish to discuss their health the work coach will tailor the discussions based on what they are comfortable discussing.

The My Values exercise is an optional exercise that claimants can complete during the HWC. The work coach will ask the claimant whether they want to complete the My Values Exercise. A sanction would not apply for not completing the My Values exercise.

Where a claimant doesn’t complete the HWC booklet but participates and engages in the conversation, a failure to participate sanction will not apply.”
Source: DWP FOI response (2302) – 20/6/7

Another DWP reply says:

“The Health and Work Conversation (HWC) is a mandatory Work Focused Interview and claimants are required to participate. Where a claimant doesn’t complete the HWC booklet but participates and engages in the conversation, a failure to participate sanction will not apply”
Source: DWP FOI response (2290) – 20/6/7

Go to Disabled People Against Cuts website for more in depth analysis and critical comments about the DWP’s Health and Work Conversation questionnaire booklet and the other ‘my values’ “behavioural science tool” exercise.

1) FOI request to DWP
1.1) DWP reply

1) FOI request to DWP

questionhttps://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/health_and_work_conversation_hwc#outgoing-654422

1.1) DWP reply

Health and Work Conversation (HWC) interview with a Work Coach

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/health_and_work_conversation_hwc#incoming-994509

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