Job description, person specification, pay, hours and conditions of DWP Tribunal judges and doctors

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Please provide the Job description, person specification, pay, hours and conditions of DWP ESA / PIP Tribunal judges and doctors.

How much per hour do they get when working on / attending a Tribunal?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

P. Smith.

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Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for your email below which was forwarded to us by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Please note that the Judicial Appointments Commission only selects candidates for judicial office on merit, through fair and open competition, from the widest range of eligible candidates. We do not hold the information requested.

Kindly direct your request to the Judicial Office at the 10th Floor, Thomas More Building, Royal Courts of Justice , Strand, WC2A 2LL as they may be able to assist.

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Complaints Manager| Judicial Appointments Commission | 1st Floor, Zone A, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ | Tel 020 3334 6404

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Gadawodd Helen Bright anodiad ()

Dear P. Smith,
Ah, the well known technique of being sent around to all sorts of departments.
DWP uses ATOS for their medical assessments.
http://www.atoshealthcare.com/aboutus
ATOS would not be the subject of FOIA but you could write to see what are the criteria for doctor they would employ.
The last time we looked into that the pay was relatively low and no travelling expenses were paid for home visits by doctors. That has implications as to who would do it and how.
The actual process of appealing DWP benefit decisions involves, firstly, asking them to reconsider their decision i.e. review it. It is only this reviewed decision that can be appealed to the First Tier Tribunal.
Judicial Appointments Commission has criteria for the appointments:
https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-j...

Overview of the selection process::
https://jac.judiciary.gov.uk/overview-se...

The pay per day for a lay member of the tribunal is about £300 in Scotland.

You could ask for the responses received so far to be reviewed because of the breach of FOIA s16:
Duty to provide advice and assistance.
(1)It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information to it.
(2)Any public authority which, in relation to the provision of advice or assistance in any case, conforms with the code of practice under section 45 is to be taken to comply with the duty imposed by subsection (1) in relation to that case.

Kind regards,
Doctors4Justice

Gadawodd Helen Bright anodiad ()

Dear P. Smith,
From the Judicial Appointments Commission website in the news section you can eventually find this information on how lay members of the tribunal are selected because they advertise the jobs:
chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html
It is not clear who would interview them. But there, I found the daily fee of about £300 per day for a lay member of the tribunal panel in Scotland.
Kind regards,
Doctors4Justice

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"DWP HR Central Freedom of Information Team

e-mail: [email address]

FoI ref No: 3187

Date: 03 Aug 2015

Dear P Smith

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 30 July 2015.

You asked:-

Please provide the Job description, person specification, pay, hours and conditions of DWP
ESA / PIP Tribunal judges and doctors.
How much per hour do they get when working on / attending a Tribunal?

DWP does not hold this information but I have forwarded your request to the Judicial
Appointments Commission at [email address].

Yours Sincerely,

DWP HR Central Freedom of Information Team

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