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Anthony Collins

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It was widely reported 1 October 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37...
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hom...

"Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better."

Conditions mentioned included MS, Huntington’s disease, congenital heart conditions and autism.

Please give a copy of the documents on re-testing rules for ESA since 1 October 2016, and what are the full list of conditions exempt from reassessment

Please give a copy of the documents on re-testing rules for PIP

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

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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 'Conditions exempt from Reassessment'.

I am asking for a internal review on the decision to release the information you have with held on relating to re-testing rules.

This is on the basis that the government has both released information in press interviews and for release at Party Political conferences and therefore once they have gone down the route of releasing information it cannot be entirely withheld anymore

for example

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37...
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better.
Mr Green told the BBC: "If you have got a condition that has made you unfit for work and which can only stay the same or get worse, I think it is just pointless... to just bring someone back again.
"It's the severity of the condition that matters, because indeed there are some people with MS... that can work, but we know that it's a degenerative disease so there will come a point when it may well be that they can't work.
"After that it seems to me that re-testing and reassessing them doesn't do them any good - it might induce anxiety and stress in them - and it is also not doing the system any good because it is pointless."

The measure will be formally unveiled at the four-day Conservative Party conference, which begins in Birmingham on Sunday.

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

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Collins

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