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DWP ‘nudge’ chief: none forced to take fake ‘test’. DWP FOI: yes they were

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Last month I exposed the fake psychometric test the DWP was forcing candidates to take for behaviour-manipulation purposes, under threat of losing their benefits through ‘sanction’ if they did not comply. The story continues to rumble on.

On the 1st of May, the Guardian picked up the story and it became one of their most-read articles of the week. Shiv Malik, the author of that article, told me that the DWP was trying to deny all kinds of things in what seemed clearly to be a transparent attempt at damage limitation. It denied:

  • that the test referred to in the ‘jobseeker’s direction’ (JSD) letter was in fact the ‘my strengths’ test in question
  • that anyone had ever been forced to take the test
  • that anyone could have lost benefits for not taking it
  • that the test was bogus

These denials in the face of the evidence of the JSD letter…

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