Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Please treat this as request under Freedom of Information legislation.
I wish to establish DWP current policy in the following circumstances.
A claimant is in receipt of means tested benefits and DWP are notified by the prison authorities that the claimant has been admitted to prison following sentencing. My understanding is that in such circumstances, the prison authority notifies DWP and as such this information is updated on DWP's IT system. I further understand that this information in turn generates a decision which is then issued to the claimant advising that benefit has stopped on the basis that they have been categorised as a prisoner. I understand that a computer generated letter is then issued by DWP advising the claimant as such. The purpose of this request is therefore as follows -
Is this letter sent to the claimant at the the prison in question or alternatively to the residential address held on the DWP system?
I'd be grateful if you could provide the answer along with the guidance/legislation dealing with such a scenario.
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