Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Central Freedom of Information Team
firstname.lastname@example.org Our reference:
FoI IR 442
8th October 2018
Dear Dan Manville
Thank you for your Freedom of Information review request received on
You asked: Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and
Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Work Availability Reports'.
Your reply details the statutory framework but does not answer my question
about when a claim would be suspended automatically, when the policy of
automatic suspension began and what authority such automatic suspensions
are conducted under. The power in the Claims and Payments Regulations is
discretionary however it appears to be automatic; that is new.
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.
I am content that your original request was dealt with in accordance with DWP
guidelines for FoI requests
The information provided in FOI3055 details all information relating to
suspensions. DWP applies the regulations as laid out in the Act. This includes
to all types of decision, discretionary and any automatic (if applicable). There
has been no DWP policy introducing automatic suspension of benefits outside
of those laid out in the Act.
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
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decision unless you have exhausted our own complaints procedure. The Information
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