This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Clause 99 and the Catch 22 situation it puts ESA Claimants' in'.

 
 
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: [email address].  
gov.uk
 
Our Ref: VTR IR799
 
 

DATE 30/10/2013
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear C Robinson, 
 
I am writing in response to your review request received on 21 October 2013. An internal 
review has been carried out by someone of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your 
original request. I am now in a position to respond to you. In your review request you said: 
 
I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's 
handling of my FOI request 'Clause 99 and the Catch 22 situation it puts ESA 
Claimants' in'. 
 
Why won’t you tell the truth? That’s all I ask, I don’t mind if you are brutally indifferent, I 
just find your lies galling because: 
You state that you have Disability Employment Advisors’ that are and I quote: ‘Disability 
Employment Advisers, trained by specialist staff from the department’s Disability 
Employment Service’ if these specialist staff are trained to the same “high” degree as 
your disability analysts’ (AKA ATOS) then God help us all!  
You state that: ‘the right safeguards are in place to mitigate the effects you and others 
believe will arise’ I do not believe these things will arise I KNOW that they already have 
because: 
There is a lot of evidence that the NHS is in crisis because of the stress that you are 
causing sick & disabled people and your welfare reform has been slammed by the 
GMC, disability groups, GPs, local councils’, the police, judges’, MPs: didn’t Dennis 
Skinner lash out at the PM about the sad death of David Coupe and many others? 
Didn’t Margaret Hodge say the WCA was unfit for purpose? Hasn’t the Tripling in 
foodbank usage sparked the Trussell Trust to call for an inquiry? Because over 350,000 
people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks between 
April and September 2013, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year.  
In conclusion, hateful indifference I can take, but your lies are exposable. 

 
 
After reviewing the original response and after careful consideration the Department believes 
that it has met its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act in relation to your request. 
 

You original question is based on the premise that there is a middle ground between being 
found not to have limited capability for work following an ESA work capability assessment and 
being able to meet the conditions for receiving JSA. Decisions made on limited capability for 
work following completion of a work capability assessment are binding on decision makers 
across the Department. Where an ESA decision maker has decided that a particular claimant 
does not have limited capability for work a JSA decision maker cannot subsequently dispute 
that decision. 
 
I should also like to remind you that the Freedom of Information Act is about the supply of 
recorded information held only, and is not about entering into a debate. A number of the 
questions you pose are purely seeking opinion or attempting to initiate a debate on the merits 
of Departmental policy. In view of this the Department is under no obligation to answer, and 
may decide not to respond to further FOI Requests on this matter.   
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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