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,

I recently had one of my Freedom of Information request answered by the HMRC (FOI I2018/01784 Date 4th September 2018)

Thank you for your request, which was received on 12 August, for the following information:

On of my questions was: When did the HMRC send the address information to the DWP.

The HMRC answered was:

The HM Revenue and Customs said that they have reviewed the records that they hold, and they have established that the HMRC does not hold any records of a transfer of customer address data to the DWP in relation to letters DWP had sent in 1995, nor to the letters DWP sent from 2011-2013.

It had been reported many times by the DWP that:

“The DWP had sent letters to people affected by the 1995 Pensions.

Also the DWP had sent letters to men and women whose State Pension age increased as a result of the Pensions Act 2011.

The Department (DWP) wrote to all those directly affected.

It is clear from the FOI reply from the HMRC that they also had written the functions of DWP and HMRC often depend on a common interest in the same information.

DWP has shared access to some HMRC IT systems, which enables DWP to access some of the data HMRC holds, including customer address data.

From a recent Freedom of information request reference: FOI2018/01058
Date: 21 August 2018

I asked a question which was:

When did the DWP request the current address detail from the HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) in order to mail the letters to the people born (6 April 1953 to 5 April 1960) ie what date was the request and what date did the DWP use it.

The DWP Response was:
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.

It is very clear that the HMRC have established that the HMRC does not hold any records of a transfer of customer address data to the DWP in relation to letters DWP had sent in 1995, nor to the letters DWP sent from 2011-2013.

This confirms by the HMRC that it was the DWP who must have extracted the customer address data themselves in relation to letters DWP had sent in 1995, and also the letters DWP sent from 2011-2013.

Please do not answer the below FOI requests number 1,2, and 3 with In previously FOI you have said Response – Examples of the letters sent to individuals can be found in the Work and Pensions Select Committee report, the link to which is below;
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm...

It has been established by the DWP they do not have the original letters sent out but they have the templates of the letters in order to show proof that they have been sent out to the women and men ,my first three FOI requests should be very simple to comply to, I do not have the training or expertise or understanding of which letters templates have been sent to the below request, it has been established that the DWP had said that for individuals with a date of birth 6 Apr 1955 to 5 Apr 1960 these letters were issued between Oct 2012 and Nov 2013.

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Mr. Jeff Rooker) (In a House of Commonds Briefing Paper reference Number CBP-7405, 15 June 2018

Had Said: The Pensions Act 1995 affects all women born after 5 April 1950.
Between 2010-20 women's state pension age will rise.

I would presume that the letter that the DWP had said they had sent Women born in 1956 would have details and information of the 1995 and the 2011 state pension age increases, because The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Mr. Jeff Rooker)had said The Pensions Act 1995 affects all women born after 5 April 1950.

Having not had any letters from the DWP that informed me or that of my husband of the State Pension Age rises I look forward to see all three individual template letters that advises on this subject.

You have already given copy template to other people requesting similar requests on other born/birth dates without sending a link that show many sample letters so please just send me the sample letters to the 3 individual FOI requests.

Mr Freedom of information request are:

1. Please send me a copy of the template letter that the DWP had said they had sent to a Man born in May 1956 to inform them of the changes to his State Pension age increase as the result of the 2011 pension Act. (Please could you make sure that it is only this template letter supplied on this request and not any government links that may show other samples of letters)you have said previously that the originals letters sent out are not available).

2. Please send me a copy of the template letter that the DWP had said they had sent to a Woman born in Dec 1956 to inform them of the changes to her State Pension age increase as the result of the 2011 pension Act. (Please could you make sure that it is only this template letter supplied on this request and not any government links that may show other samples of letters) you have said previously that the originals letters sent out are not available).

3. Please send me a copy of the template letter that the DWP had said they had sent to a Woman born in Dec 1956 to inform them of the changes to his State Pension age increase as the result of the 1995 pension Act. (Please could you make sure that it is only this template letter supplied on this request and not any government links that may show other samples of letters) you have said previously that the originals letters sent out are not available).

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Mr. Jeff Rooker) (In a House of Commonds Briefing Paper reference Number CBP-7405, 15 June 2018

Had Said: The Pensions Act 1995 affects all women born after 5 April 1950. Between 2010-20 women's state pension age will rise.

I would presume that the letter that the DWP had said they had sent Women born in 1956 would have details and information of the 1995 and the 2011 state pension age increases, because The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Mr. Jeff Rooker)had said The Pensions Act 1995 affects all women born after 5 April 1950.

Yours faithfully,
LANGTON

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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'.

over the 20 days waiting time

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Yours faithfully,

LANGTON

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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

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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 waiting

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,

not had a reply outstanding

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 had sent this request on 24 September 2018 it is now 2 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 Mrs Langton,

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September.

Your response is attached

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I am writing in response to your request for internal review, received 20
November.

Your response is attached

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