Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

If you've recorded it, please provide the number of cases where a court has ruled in favour of a claimant against the DWP subject to the parameters below:

Courts: All types in UK
Cases: Those where the court established that reports created by a DWP contracted assessor contained false or inaccurate information
Period: 2015 and 2019 inclusive

Output required: Number

Public reference: We hope the department at least records this number since it admitted holding no policies to discourage its assessors recording false information https://d.pr/LZBRxx If it records this number it will tell you they want to keep court costs down by keeping an eye on cases they lost containing false or inaccurate assessor reports .

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Cases lost involving flawed assessment reports'.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thanks for your detailed response which we always appreciate. In this case the detail tells us the DWP is not interested in keeping a track record of court cases ruled by judges as containing flawed assessments.

If it was interested in cases it had lost through flawed assessments, such information would be indexed for quality and training purposes.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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Amanda Hart left an annotation ()

View our article on this matter..
Tory DWP ‘has no policy’ to stop assessors lying in their reports https://endpropaganda.wordpress.com/2020...

J Roberts left an annotation ()

Here is one example of a decision of the Social Security Commissioner involving a flawed assessment report. The report included this:

‘Occupational History

Has not worked in the last 5 years.
Last occupation: Bar man.
Worked full time.
The main reason for leaving work was alcohol use.
Description of a Typical Day

Walks alone a 10 minute walk every 3 days to the local shop without difficulty’

The appellant’s representative stated something very different, however:

‘… his last employment was as a labourer with the Barnabas trust not a Bar Man.  Reasons for leaving work was because the Barnabas Trust closed down....It would take him 2 minutes not 10 minutes to walk to his local shop as it is just across the road.’

MB -v- Department for Communities (ESA) [2017] NICom 26

http://www.bailii.org/nie/cases/NISSCSC/...

I read your article. Catching dishonest assessors is very difficult. I have just read a comment about a recent court case involving a dishonest psychiatrist. She made stuff up about someone she examined. The case did not concern the DWP, but it illustrates the difficulty a person has in proving they did not say things included in a professional's report... even when there is a covert audio recording!

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Link to decision:

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/defau...

[2020] CSIH 12XA35/19