Advice to DWP for Benefits Appeals Tribunals

Andrew Hooper made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Following my previous FOI Request of 9th April 2013 please provide the following:

a) Copies of documents eg. Agenda, Minutes, Advice etc., of management meetings held between HMCTS and the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) since January 2012.

Specifically, where HMCTS relates to the Tribunals Service dealing with DWP Benefits Appeals following ATOS assessments for fitness to work.

It is understood that HMCTS provided advice to DWP about how to improve its performance at Appeals Tribunals. It is a copy of this advice and correspondence that is sought.

If HMCTS does not explicitly deny that such meetings/advice took place then it questions the claimed independence of the Tribunals Service and the nature of the relationship between the two Departments needs to be explicitly determined.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Hooper

IAC, Customer Service,

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Dear Mr Hooper,
 
Please find attached an acknowledgement in relation to your recent Freedom
of Information request.
 
Many Thanks
 
Nikki Gittings
IAC & SSCS Knowledge & Information Liaison Officer / Business Expert
HMCTS Loughborough

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Dear Mr Hooper,
 
Please find attached the response in relation to your recent Freedom of
Information request.
 
Many Thanks
 
Nikki Gittings
IAC & SSCS Knowledge & Information Liaison Officer / Business Expert
HMCTS Loughborough

I am not authorised to bind my Department contractually, or to make
representations or other statements which may bind the Department in any
way via electronic means

 

This e-mail (and any attachment) is intended only for the attention of
the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying
is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy
all
copies and inform the sender by return e-mail.

Internet e-mail is not a secure medium. Any reply to this message
could be intercepted and read by someone else. Please bear that in
mind when deciding whether to send material in response to this message
by e-mail.

This e-mail (whether you are the sender or the recipient) may be
monitored, recorded and retained by the Ministry of Justice. E-mail
monitoring / blocking software may be used, and e-mail content may be
read at any time. You have a responsibility to ensure laws are not
broken when composing or forwarding e-mails and their contents.

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
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