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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 
Central Freedom of Information Team 
 
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Our reference: FoI IR 281 
 
Date:
  14 June 2018 
 
Dear Trudy Baddams 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) review request, which we 
received on 29 May 2018.  
 
I am of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your request, I was not 
involved previously, and can confirm that I have carried out an internal review. 
I am now in a position to respond to you. 
 
You have asked us 'PIP/ESA how many decision makers have obtained 
medical evidence from claimants medical professionals
?'  
 
DWP Response 
 
As a result of this review I am content that your original request was dealt with 
in accordance with DWP guidelines for FoI  requests.  The  reasons for my 
decision are as follows: 
 
Once again it is important to explain that for both Employment and Support 
Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) this information 
is not recorded centrally, it is recorded on individual cases. This means we 
would have to review every claim both live and made during the last year to 
establish the numbers. 
 
The original response explained that it is estimated that the cost of complying 
with your request would exceed the appropriate limit for central Government, 
set by regulations at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person 
spending 3½ working days in determining whether the Department holds the 
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting it. 
 
Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act the Department is not 
therefore obliged to comply with your request and we will not be processing it 
further. 
 
Under section 16 of the Act we should help you narrow your request so that it 
may fall beneath the cost limit. Due to the specific nature of your request and 
what we would be required to do in order to obtain the information you have 
requested, we are unable to advise further.  However, if you were to narrow 
your request and ask for the number of times that Assessment Providers have 
requested further medical evidence, further consideration will be given to your 
request.    

 
I hope this is helpful but if you have any queries about this letter please 
contact me quoting the reference number above.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
 
 
 
Your right to complain under the Freedom of Information Act 
 
If you are not happy with this response you may request an internal review by e-mailing 
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx.xx or by writing to: DWP, Central FoI Team,  
Caxton House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA. Any review request should be submitted within two 
months of the date of this letter.  
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the 
Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision. Generally the Commissioner cannot make a 
decision unless you have exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information 
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, 
Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF 
www.ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us  or telephone 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745