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DWP Central Freedom of Information   
Team
Annex A 
e-mail: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.  
gov.uk
 
Our Re
 
f: VTR 5006
 
Date: 14 November 2013
 
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear C Robinson, 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received 21 October. You asked; 
 
1) When you are taken to task about these abuses in human rights will the sick & disabled get 
reparation for their maltreatment by your disability denial factory ATOS? 
2) When someone dies after being found "fit" for work will you compensate the spouse/partner 
& children of the bereaved? 
3) will you compensate the disabled for losses accrued whilst appealing? 
4) how many people have appealed since they get nothing to live off (I refer to clause 99)when 
they are found "fit" for work? 
5) When are you going to have proper WCAs? With proper medical evidence? Off proper 
medical personal?  
6) How many appeals are you expecting when your disability denial factory (ATOS and their 
ilk) perform the "medicals" for PIP? 
7) how much does each appeal cost? 
8) How many Freedom of information requests did you have BEFORE the welfare reform 
started? And After? Please give data for every year. 
(i) please give me the number of all FOIs about the WCA for every year since the WCA 
started? 
(ii) please can you give me the number of FOIs you received about sanctions on JSA since 
they started? 
(iii) please give me the number of FOIs received about income support BEFORE the welfare 
reform and after?  
Please can you give me all the data I requested and answer all the questions 
 
I shall provide you with the information held for each query in turn. However, at the outset I 
should remind you that the FOI Act provides a right of access to recorded information held by a 
public authority like DWP (subject to certain exemptions). The Act does not provide that a 
public authority must create new information to answer questions; nor does it provide that a 
public authority give advice, opinion or explanation in relation to issues/policies under question. 
 
1) When you are taken to task about these abuses in human rights will the sick & 
disabled get reparation for their maltreatment by your disability denial factory ATOS? 


 
The Department does not hold the requested information. 
 
2) When someone dies after being found "fit" for work will you compensate the 
spouse/partner & children of the bereaved? 
 
We hold no information of DWP being required to pay compensation to a spouse, partner or 
child of an individual who ‘dies after being found fit for work’. 
 
3) will you compensate the disabled for losses accrued whilst appealing? 
 
Information about payment of ESA whilst appealing is already in the public domain and is 
therefore exempt under section 21 of the FoI Act, however we can confirm that the ESA 
assessment rate remains in payment whilst a claimant is awaiting an appeal and if a Tribunal 
finds in the claimants favour we would pay the balance of benefit due back to the thirteenth 
week of the claim. Further information can be found here: 
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/appeals-procedures-staff-guide-decisions-made-
before-28-october-2013 
 
4) how many people have appealed since they get nothing to live off (I refer to clause 
99)when they are found "fit" for work? 
 
The Department does not hold information on people who have 'nothing to live off' and 
therefore does not hold the requested information. 
 
5) When are you going to have proper WCAs? With proper medical evidence? Off 
proper medical personal?  
 
The Department does not hold the requested information. I can confirm that 'proper WCAs' 
with 'proper medical evidence' conducted by 'proper Health Care Professionals' have been 
taking place since October 2008. 
 
6) How many appeals are you expecting when your disability denial factory (ATOS and 
their ilk) perform the "medicals" for PIP? 
 
As we do not have a 'disability denial factory' we hold no information to answer this request. 
 
7) how much does each appeal cost? 
 
The Department does not record the costs of individual appeals however figures from HM 
Courts and Tribunals Service state the average cost of a Social Security and Child Support 
Tribunal appeal is £248 (1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013). The DWP will also incur a cost but 
we do not hold this information. 
 
8) How many Freedom of information requests did you have BEFORE the welfare reform 
started? And After? Please give data for every year. 
(i) please give me the number of all FOIs about the WCA for every year since the WCA 
started? 


(ii) please can you give me the number of FOIs you received about sanctions on JSA 
since they started? 
(iii) please give me the number of FOIs received about income support BEFORE the 
welfare reform and after? 
 
As Welfare Reform has been a continuous process and even in respect of Acts of Parliaments 
named as such (for example the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999), 'welfare reform' 
predates the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and it's introduction in 2004, we can therefore 
confirm that no FoI request were made before welfare reform started. 
The number of requests made after Welfare Reform started are therefore every FoI request 
made. This information is already available to individuals seeking it on the Ministry of Justice 
website here: 
https://www.gov.uk/search?q=freedom+of+information+statistics&tab=government-results 
 
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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