Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
firstname.lastname@example.org Our reference:
FoI 3055 & IR 430
21 August 2018
Dear Dan Manville
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 04/07/2018
and your subsequent request for an update on our response dated
You asked: “It has recently come to my attention that you have adopted a policy of
automatically suspending ESA claims when Work Availability Reports are
I would like to know for JSA, Income Support and ESA:
in what circumstances a claim would automatically suspend?
when was this policy introduced?
what statutory provision permits automatic suspension of a claim?
was an impact assessment conducted before this policy was rolled out?
was there any consultation before the policy was rolled out and if so with
Please accept our apologies for the delay.
I can confirm that the Department holds this information. However, the
information is exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act
because the information is reasonably accessible to you, as it is already in the
However, to be helpful you can find the information you seek at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1999/991/pdfs/uksi_19990991_310817_en.p
Part 3 applies.
DWP Central FoI Team
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