Benefit Overpayment decision maker's name

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you please give me the name of the Decision Maker at Stratford Benefit Centre, who make decision on the following please see below:

1. Benefit over payment
2. Benefit Fraud

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

M. St - Mart

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John Slater left an annotation ()

I doubt you will get the name as personal information is exempt.

helen2014 left an annotation ()

I don't understand what DWP mean by personal name when you work in a company there's no such a thing as personal name within a work place, I'm asking for the decision maker's name as in the person responsible in his/her job role. "The Decision Maker" have a name as the person who's job role is a Decision Maker.

That's just another of DWP's cop out.

Thanks for your comment.

John Slater left an annotation ()

HI Helen,

Civil Servants work under what is called the Carltona principle (it dates back to a legal case in 1943). This means that the work they do is treated as being done by the Minister they work for. Legally that means the decision maker is the Secretary of State (IDS) so this is partly why the names of Civil Servants is rarely disclosed. Under the FOIA is is accepted that only the names of Civil Servants who are of/above the grade of Senior Civil Servant will be disclosed.

If Civil Servants break the law they can be held personally culpable (e.g. Misconduct in a public office or Malfeasance in office).

helen2014 left an annotation ()

Hi John,

Thank you so much for giving me more information with regards to Decision Makers, now I know why everyone at the DWP are scared to reveal any DM's name, tis not fair though because those people are responsible for our welfares, some of us are vulnerable and are at their mercy.

I shall wait and see what turns out in meantime I shall go for a SAR.

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Carla Winks left an annotation ()

In respect of John Slater's comment,

Does anyone have any idea how to get the name of a decision maker/ public officer if you wanted to get them prosecuted for misconduct in public office? The Police would at least need a name, I think.

Not sure how cooperative their employer would be.

helen2014 left an annotation ()

I've just realised I've asked my question wrongly, I should have asked for the name of the decision maker's within the DWP who make decisions on over payment and not just within the Stratford Benefit Centre.

helen2014 left an annotation ()

Hi Carla Winks,

I doubt the DWP would reveal any decision maker's name. I suggest perhaps do a SAR the name you are looking for would sure crop up within your personal file that's what I'm going for whilst I am sending a complaint letter to the DWP for wrongly accusing a person of benefit fraud when the person was not even receiving any benefit.

The corruption has reached peak level.