Decision not to raise legacy benefits in line with UC through COVID-19

Waiting for an internal review by Department for Work and Pensions of their handling of this request.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

It was recently announced by the Chancellor that the base rate for Universal Credit would be raised to match Statutory Sick Pay in rate.

Please :

- advise whether or not this increase was made on the request or advice of the DWP?
- advise if the DWP made a similar request for an increase in ESA, JSA and/or Income Support?
- provide copies of any internal guidance or discussion regarding the increase and the decision not to raise the above legacy benefits in line with Universal Credit.

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

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Dear Finn Keaney,

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April. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
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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 'Decision not to raise legacy benefits in line with UC through COVID-19'.

I am aware that under current circumstances you may not be able to act within the usual timeframe but this has now far exceeded the time by which I normally would have expected a response and I can see that you are still responding to other FOI requests as they come in.

I am writing to you in regards to my FOI request Co-production of the Universal Credit Transition Fund and similar partnerships. All correspondences relating to this request can be found at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

This FOI response is now delayed by around a month beyond the timeframe in which I could normally have expected a response. I understand that under the current circumstances there is some room for delays, but I have also seen on whatdotheyknow.com that you are still responding to other FOI requests. As such please advise whether or not you need to request an extension for this request, and if so for how long. If not please advise whether or not my FOI request is being worked on.

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

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Just an update to my previous request + request for internal review to state that an adjacent request has now been directed toward HM Treasury, which can be found at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

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