By ECAP 17, submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 20:47
THE WORK PROGRAMME - PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Just because the Con-Dem government forced you onto The Work Programme, they cannot legally force you to give your personal information to providers like A4e.
In 2010 an A4e laptop containing the personal details of 24,000 Community Legal Advice Centre clients in Hull and Leicester was stolen in a burglary. The personal details included names, addresses, and information about alleged criminal activity and whether the client had been a victim of violence.
During Work Programme induction, A4e will give you a Information Disclosure form to fill-in. This form should clearly state that your consent to giving them your personal information is voluntary - and you may withdraw that consent at any time. And, more importantly, refusal to fill in the form will NOT affect any benefits you are receiving.
Both A4e and Ingeus refused an ECAP request to see a blank Information Disclosure form. What have they got to hide?
A4e doesn’t want you to know your rights. The A4e Information Disclosure form may only contain the phrase “Informed Consent”. This means they assume you already understand the risks of giving them your personal data. 24,000 A4e clients thought they did. Do you?
To see what a provider's Information Dislosure form should look like view DWP Provider Guidance - Chapter 5 Annex 1: