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Benefit sanctions against disabled people in Wales

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
We are interested in benefit sanctions and how they are applied to people in Wales. The information we would like access to is supplied for Great Britain in the Freedom of information requests reference numbers 2014-79 and 2014-2282. We wish to request similar data for Wales and have adapted the wording from those Freedom of Information requests.

• For each month from October 2008 to March 2014 inclusive, please give the number of adverse ESA sanctions decisions against claimants in Wales, broken down by the Summary International Classification of Diseases (i.e. ESA Total; Other; Mental and Behavioural Disorders; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of the Circulatory or Respiratory System; Diseases of the Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue; and injury, Poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes) so that the total in each month matches the adverse decisions figures given in Table 2.1 in the DWP sanctions statistics release of 13 August 2014.

Should any part of this request be undeliverable due to cost or practical considerations, please give top priority to providing the most recent figures and differentiating between Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the ICD classifications.

Thank you for your assistance

Yours faithfully,

(Revd) Carol Wardman
Bishops' Adviser for Church and Society
Church in Wales

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

On November 20 I submitted the request below, which was acknowledged on the same day. The waiting period for a response, as stipulated in law, has now elapsed and no response has been received.

As I will now be on leave until January 5 and unable to deal with any information before then, I will not request an internal review until I return to work on this date. So in the meantime I ask you to explain this delay and expedite a response.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
We are interested in benefit sanctions and how they are applied to
people in Wales. The information we would like access to is
supplied for Great Britain in the Freedom of information requests
reference numbers 2014-79 and 2014-2282. We wish to request similar
data for Wales and have adapted the wording from those Freedom of
Information requests.

• For each month from October 2008 to March 2014 inclusive, please
give the number of adverse ESA sanctions decisions against
claimants in Wales, broken down by the Summary International
Classification of Diseases (i.e. ESA Total; Other; Mental and
Behavioural Disorders; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of
the Circulatory or Respiratory System; Diseases of the
Musculoskeletal system and Connective Tissue; and injury, Poisoning
and certain other consequences of external causes) so that the
total in each month matches the adverse decisions figures given in
Table 2.1 in the DWP sanctions statistics release of 13 August
2014.

Should any part of this request be undeliverable due to cost or
practical considerations, please give top priority to providing the
most recent figures and differentiating between Mental and
Behavioural Disorders and the ICD classifications.

Thank you for your assistance

Yours faithfully,

(Revd) Carol Wardman
Bishops' Adviser for Church and Society
Church in Wales

Yours sincerely,

Carol Wardman

DWP IGS FOI, Department for Work and Pensions

Dear Carol Wardman,
        Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding, we are
progressing your request and will reply as soon as possible.
 
Statistical Services Freedom of Information Team
 

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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 'Benefit sanctions against disabled people in Wales'.

The original request was sent on November 20, 2014. I received an automated response. On December 22 I contacted you again, explaining that I would not request an internal review until January, as the Christmas period intervened. On January 13 I received a message apologising for the delay. I have heard nothing more. Please would you immediately expedite this request, and explain why it has taken so long, and why there has been no explanation for the delay. I am aware that other similar requests for other parts of the UK have already received responses.

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

Yours faithfully,

Carol Wardman

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Dear Carol Wardman,
 
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.
 
Please see the attached file regarding your Freedom of Information
request.
 
Thank you
 
Statistical Services Freedom of Information Team
 
 
 
 

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Dear Carol Wardman,
 
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding.
 
Please see the attached file regarding your Freedom of Information
request.
 
Thank you
 
Statistical Services Freedom on Information Team
 
 

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Colin L. Hughes left an annotation ()

In addition to Employment and Support Allowance itself,

The Transition process from Incapacity Benefit to ESA tended to Discriminate AGAINST people with Disabilities.

Colin L. Hughes left an annotation ()

To be fair to ATOS Doctors, Some ATOS Doctors treated claimants Better than they were treated by some DWP staff.

Colin L. Hughes left an annotation ()

Just the "delaying tactics" or so it seems Of the length of time in replying to correspondence from claimants has the effect of causing tremendous Anxiety and worry to people with medical conditions.

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