Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
email@example.com Our reference:
FoI IR 281
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
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
I hope this is helpful but if you have any queries about this letter please
contact me quoting the reference number above.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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