Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
At paragraph 118 of PPE v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (ESA)  UKUT 59 (AAC), Judge Poytner refers to the information you provide on the recording of face-to-face assessments:
“Getting help and support
Please let us know as soon as you get your appointment letter if you need:
your face-to-face assessment to be audio-recorded. Requests will be accepted where possible.
You do not have a legal right to a recorded assessment and DWP have no legal obligation to provide an audio recording service or equipment.”
1. Can you confirm that you are still using the same wording? If the wording has changed, please provide the new wording.
2. Please provide the number of requests you received from people who wanted to record their face-to-face ESA assessments in 2019/20.
3. Please provide the number of audio-recording devices you purchased in 2019/20 to assist claimants record their face-to-face assessments (assessments of any sort).
This is an automated confirmation that your request for information has
been accepted by the DWP FOI mailbox.
If your email is a Freedom of Information request you can normally expect
a response within 20 working days.
However please be advised that due to the current situation with COVID-19
we cannot guarantee a response within this timescale.
Every effort is being made to respond to FOIs as we would usually but the
current situation means that available Departmental resources will be
needed on other high priority areas.
We kindly ask for your understanding during this unprecedented situation
and we will aim to deal with your FOI request as soon as is practically
Email FOI responses will be issued from [email address]
We recommend that you add this address to your email contacts otherwise
the response may be treated as Spam or Junk mail.
Should you have any further queries in connection with this request do
please contact us.
Dear J Roberts,
I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st
DWP Central FoI Team
We work to defend the right to FOI for everyone
Help us protect your right to hold public authorities to account. Donate and support our work.Donate Now