CCTV footage of disabled people

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please confirm whether or not you have recorded information on whether DWP has asked companies to provide cctv or video footage of disabled people.
What form does this information take?
How many times has it done this?
Which company is used?
Are DWP using CCTV footage in deciding claims or pursuing claimants?
Please also confirm whether any DWP personnel or other agents of DWP are using Facebook and other social media to gather information on disabled people and if recorded information is held on this and if so what.
Which company or agency is used for this?

Yours faithfully,

Phil Collyer

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Fraud investigations: staff guide
This guide is used by DWP staff who investigate allegations of benefit fraud.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)

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DWP code of practice on obtaining information to deal with fraud: revised code
credit reference agencies
gas and electricity suppliers
water companies
educational establishments
the student loans company
(a)any bank;

(b)any person carrying on a business the whole or a significant part of which consists in the provision of credit (whether secured or unsecured) to members of the public;

(c)any insurance company (within the meaning of the Insurance Companies Act 1982 (c. 50));

(d)any credit reference agency (within the meaning given by section 145(8) of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (c. 39));

(e)any body the principal activity of which is to facilitate the exchange of information for the purpose of preventing or detecting fraud;

(f)any person carrying on a business the whole or a significant part of which consists in the provision to members of the public of a service for transferring money from place to place;

(g)any water undertaker or sewerage undertaker, any water and sewerage authority constituted under section 62 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39) or any authority which is a collecting authority for the purposes of section 79 of that Act;

(h)any person who (within the meaning the Gas Act 1986 (c. 44)) supplies gas conveyed through pipes;

(i)any person who (within the meaning of the Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29)) supplies electricity conveyed by distribution systems;

(j)any person who provides a telecommunications service;

(k)any person conducting any educational establishment or institution;

(l)any body the principal activity of which is to provide services in connection with admissions to educational establishments or institutions;

(m)the Student Loans Company;

(n)any servant or agent of any person mentioned in any of the preceding paragraphs.

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I know this is happening in Staffordshire, the terrifying thing is that they are spying on mentally disabled people attending a therapy centre in Staffordshire,which they have been referred to by their GP, and befriending vulnerable people taking them out on trips then writing secret reports on them. It's totally disgusting and cruel what they're doing and they're going to drive vulnerable people to suicide.

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