Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please kindly provide active policies or guidelines used by the decision maker to establish whether it is okay (or not) to sanction a claimant for not turning up to their jobcentre appointment due to miscarriage of their child.

Benefit: Universal Credit
Applicable at: Mandatory Reconsideration

**We're interested in active guidelines/policies reviewed by relevant DWP staff which would lead them to either uphold or reverse such decisions**

Our source states one example where DWP upheld its decision to sanction when given written evidence from the doctor of the claimant who suffered the miscarriage.
(Please note we're not asking you to comment on individual cases)
Source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales...

Backup: https://web.archive.org/web/201908111942...

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 11th
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Thanks for the information. So it is indeed the case that the decision maker considers a woman having a miscarriage on the day before her jobcentre appointment to simply not be a good enough reason to miss it. We feel the majority of our readers would disagree with that decision. Clearly the woman's doctor also disagreed.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption

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Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your email received, 28th August.

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The attached reply originally issued on 28th August provides the 'recorded information' we hold to respond to your request.

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DWP Central FOI Team

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

Thanks for your message of 2nd September. It may be helpful if we state our response was a statement, not a question or request for further information.

We extend upon our statement below.

The department considers having a miscarriage the day before a jobcentre appointment to not be a good enough reason to miss it.

As such more taxpayers money will be wasted when identical and near-identical cases are repeatedly put in front of a judge who rules having a miscarriage shortly before a jobcentre appointment IS actually 'a good reason' to miss it and this is very concerning both for the claimant's health and the taxpayer.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.