Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
email@example.com Our reference:
VTR 3133 Date:
24 August 2015
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 27 July 2015.
1. How many of the 49 internal peer reviews into benefit-related deaths
involved an ESA claimant categorised as vulnerable who had not been
seen face-to-face by their Work Programme provider before they were
referred to Jobcentre Plus to be sanctioned?
If it does not exceed the cost limit, I would also like to know:
2. How many of the 10 claimants who had been sanctioned were
receiving ESA at the time they died?
And again if it does not exceed the cost limit, I would like to know:
3. Of the five people who were not claiming benefits at the time they
died, why were they the subject of peer reviews ie how were they
customers if they were not claiming benefits?
DWP holds information the information that you seek. However the
information is being withheld as providing it will exceed the cost limit of £600
laid down in regulations. We are aggregating this request for the purpose of
estimating whether the cost limits applies. This is where more than one
request has been made within 60 consecutive working days relating to the
same or similar information and the requests have been made by one person,
or as in your case, by different persons acting in concert.
Your request is an exact duplicate of a request made by a third party on 6
June 2015 which the department recently refused on cost grounds. This
indicates that you are collaborating with another person.
In order to bring your request under the cost limit DWP suggests that you
consider re-submitting your request at a future date.
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the
reference number above.
DWP Central FoI Team
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