Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Recently, a number of quotes from an internal message board for DWP staff were shared as part of a BBC news story.

Please provide all posts from this message board containing the words "Capita" or "ATOS".

Kind regards,

Sean Brawley

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Dear DWP,
I note that a response to my FOI regarding ATOS and Capita Posts is now due.
Please confirm when I can expect a response.

Kind regards,

Sean Brawley

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Dear Sean Brawley,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th
July.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear Sean Brawley

The date that the response is due for your request, FOI2019/26275, has
been changed to 10th September

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Dear DWP Central FOI Team,
With regards to FOI2019/26275, I am of course aware I will need to wait for the public interest test you are now undertaking.

I hope you will provide in your response a detailed explanation of how the cited exemption applies to this request, which is not aimed at any claims of fraud. I understand how this would be considered for FOI2019/26269 but I hope you would not use the same defence for an unrelated request against the dataset without due regard and explanation for its application.

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Hi Sean,
The DWP has considerable form for abusing S.10(3) to delay issuing a response for many months. My suggestion would be complain to the ICO as soon as 40 working days from the date of your request has past or the DWP issues yet another S.10(3) notification.

I've had requests where the DWP has done this month after month until the ICO stepped in & told it to issue its full response.
Regards
John

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Dear Sean Brawley,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 12th
July.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'ATOS and Capita Posts'.

My request has been rejected on the grounds of Section 31 (1) (a). This is clearly inappropriate as the exemption does not cover the contents of the request given.

Reference is made to a BBC story on fraud in this request only to identify the internal message board referenced within it. My request (plainly) is not specifically aimed at the topic covered within that story, but rather at other communications on the board.

Should any of the posts covered by my request fall into the thread referenced in the BBC story, which the department does not which to be released, I am content for those elements of my request to be withheld or redacted.

Plainly the majority of posts matching the strings ATOS or Capita will be discussions of the performance of or interactions with those companies as experienced by DWP staff, not of fraud or criminal activity. As such the exemption is not valid, and has been made without a proper reading of the full request but merely by glancing at the reference made for identification purposes.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Kind regards,

Sean Brawley

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Dear Sean Brawley,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 10th
September.

Yours sincerely,

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