Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women

LANGTON made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Section 7 of the Interpretation Act applies to letters sent by post.

References to service by post.

Where an Act authorises or requires any document to be served by post (whether the expression “serve” or the expression “give” or “send” or any other expression is used) then, unless the contrary intention appears, the service is deemed to be effected by properly addressing, pre-paying and posting a letter containing the document and, unless the contrary is proved, to have been effected at the time at which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

My understanding is that letters are assumed to have been received (provided they have been properly addressed etc) “unless the contrary is proved”

January 201 and November 2013
Sou:Department for Work AND Pensions (USP0162)

Following the Pension Act 2011, DWP wrote to all those directly affected by the changes (Born 6th April 1953 to 5th April 1960) to inform them of the changes to their State Pension Age.

This involved mailing more than 5 million letters to those affected.
Using then current address details held by HMRC.

From a Fol FOI2018/01058 Date 21st August 2018
The DWP had responded to some questions:

The Qustion was When did the DWP request the current address details from the HMRC in order to mail the letters to the people (Born 6th April 1953 to 5th April 1960) ie what date was the request and what date did the DWP use it.

The DWP response said due to the time elapsed the Department does not hold recorded information about the transfer and use of customer data in respect of State Pension age direct mailing activity.
Therefore there is no information that can be provided in response to your request.

The DWP did not hold this information on file, the DWP had said also that the Department retention period specifically for customer data relating to direct mailing is 2 months, also due to time elapsed had no records of the direct mail issued into the postal system, they also could not tell me about the production and distribution of the letters.

The DWP does not hold details of the number of letters returned at that time, and did not keep copies of the letters sent to individual customers.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

You have said that the Department retention period specifically for customer data relating to direct mailing is 2 months why is it that you still have a copy of the template letter that you have said that you had sent, what is the retention period of the template letters that you confirm was the basis of the letters that informed Women in respect of State Pension age direct mailing activity.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

You have said that the Department retention period specifically for customer data relating to direct mailing is 2 months please could you send me the document that you have used to make this statement, ie the DWP Retention rule proceedure outlining this retention Period.

Communication to those affected by the 2011 Act, the first customers who were sent the letters date of birth 06/04/53 to 05/12/53 the mailing date was Jan 2012, yet the last group were customers date of birth 06/04/55 to 05/04/1960 and this group of people had the mailing date Oct 2012 to Nov 2013.
That’s 1 year and ten months until the last mailing date of this group of people.

From a FOI Request your Ref: FoI 3344 DATE: 1 September 2017
The DWP had said:

The Department wrote to all those directly affected to inform them of the changes, using the address recorded by HMRC at the time.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

What does at the time mean ?
Please send me the DWP interpretation which you have on record for this DWP term?

Did the DWP get a list of the address recorded by the HMRC in jan 2012 in order to send letters to the people date of birth 06/04/53 to 05/12/53 the mailing date was Jan 2012.

Did the DWP get a 2nd list of the address recorded by the HMRC IN Oct 2012 and in Nov 2013 in order to send letters to the people date of birth 06/04/55 to 05/04/1960 and this group of people had the mailing date Oct 2012 to Nov 2013.
Please send me the details which you have on record.

The Department wrote to all those directly affected to inform them of the changes, using the address recorded by HMRC at the time.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

Please send me details of how many times and for which period the DWP had been given the updated address recorded by HMRC “at the time” in order to send out letters between the 13 months between the dates Oct 2012 to Nov 2013 otherwise many changes to people addresses could occur please send me the information which you have on record.

My Freedom of Information Request are:

How many times did the DWP received a list of the address recorded by the HMRC at the time on each of the mailing to the people for the 1995 Act and the 2011 Act, please send me the information which you have on record.

Yours faithfully,
LANGTON

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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 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

still await a reply

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

Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

I m still waiting for a responce

Yours sincerely,

LANGTON

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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 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

I have not received an answer to this request and its over the 20 day period and this is the 2nd request as no answer to my first review request

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

Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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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 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

I have not received an answer to this request and its over the 20 day period

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

Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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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 'Equalisation of State Pension Age 1950's Women'.

I had sent this request on 26 August 2018 it is now 3 months over due your response to my request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, the authority you DWP should have responded

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

Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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Dear ,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 26
August.

Your response is attached

Yours sincerely,

DWP Operations FOI Team

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Dear Mrs Langton,

I am writing in response to your request for internal review, received 25
September.

Your response is attached

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DWP Operations FOI Team

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I am writing in response to your request for information, received 1st
January.

Yours sincerely,

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