“DR UK questions the need for the new Health and Work Conversation to be mandatory”, based on FOI requests written about here, specifically:
- Health & Work Conversation: Behavioural Science tools & info disclosed that seek only “true” “appropriate” answers“
- Claimants not required to disclose sensitive personal data as part of” Health and Work Conversation. DWP Minister
- @DWP says completion of Health and Work Conversation questionnaire booklet not mandatory…only ‘conversation’!
- ‘Oxymoronic Catch-22 @DWP: New ‘Health & Work Conversation’ is both mandatory and ‘voluntary’…‘
It is also worth noting that although DR UK say, “The DWP piloted the HWC on a voluntary basis and said everyone, claimants and work coaches, thought it worked really well at starting to build positive engagement. So why is the HWC still not purely voluntary?”, this does not address whether the HWC being built on positive psychology and behavioural ‘science’ tools is appropriate whether ‘voluntary’ or mandatory.
One comment DR UK said which is to be highly commended is requiring the DWP to send to new ESA claimants full details of when they are exempt from a Health and Work ‘Conversation’.