Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I have recently completed my complaint procedure with the DWP, which is now with the Independent Case Examiner, the case examiner has said I would like to remind you that if you wish to provide any further information or evidence in relation to my complaint, please send it to us and we will ensure it is considered once the investigation into your complaint starts.

Having read The Civil Service code for the DWP staff Under the Civil Service values which says ‘honesty’ is being truthful and open ‘objectivity’ is basing your advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence.
Also under the same code Under the Standards of behaviour
set out the facts and relevant issues truthfully, and correct any errors as soon as possible, and that the DWP staff must not ignore inconvenient facts or relevant considerations when providing advice or making decisions.

I would presume that the cost on the below information that I have requested has allergy been spent internally by the DWP in order that Complaint Resolution Manager could make his reply/decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence, and keep within the Civil Service Code by setting out the facts and relevant issues truthfully.

I have set out below freedom-of-information-requests.

In a letter date 20 February 2017 from the DWP employee Lynne Wray State Pension Manager with regards to my recent complaint procedure that I had followed with the DWP, she had written that “The DWP Attitudes to pension survey found that in 2006, 86 per cent of people aged 55-64 and 90 per cent of those aged 45-54 were aware that the State Pension age would increase in the future.

When I looked into this survey I found out that it was conducted between May 2006 and August 2006, with only 1950 adults that were given a Face to Face interview, it was release around March 2007, each interviewer was asked to interview at least three men and three women, two people age 18-34, two aged 35-59 and one aged 60-69, four people in paid work and two not in paid work.

Although the survey was always refereed to as “Attitudes to Pensions” by the research Team this name was deemed to be inappropriate to use when presenting the survey to respondents.
It was initially thought the word pension had a negative connotations and so would dissuade respondents from co-operating, for this reason the survey was known at this However, the response after the pilot was that the survey name should include Reference to Pension so as not to mislead respondents as to its nature.

It was also felt that the name was not appropriate for those already retired and so the survey name was changed to “Attitudes to Pensions and Planning for Retirement after the pilot was carried out.

Only 1950 people were ask questions on the 2006 survey, on my own calculations the amount of women in the age group 45-54 represented approx only 189 Women and in the age group 55-64 came to approx 173 Women a total of 362 Women were included in the 2006 Pension Survey, at the time the Population of the UK was 38,959,900 People.

From a Freedom of Information request of the 21/02/2017 DWP ref Fol 717 which the DWP replied to it on the 08/03/2017 in an answer the DWP reply was we estimate that 3.48 Million women born in the 1950’s living in Great Britain are affected by the Equalisation of Women State Pension age or the increase in State Pension Age to 66.

Out of the 1950 People who took the survey only 362 Women with the above age group had took the survey I feel that it is to small a number used to have a fulfilling important Survey.

My Freedom of Information Request is Can you supply me a copy of The DWP Attitudes to Pension Survey 2006, which Lynne Wray State Pension Manager had remaked upon in her Letter to me on the 20 February 2017.

My Freedom of Information Request is Can you supply me a copy of the pilot survey Called “Thinking ahead, understanding peoples views about planning for the future”

My Freedom of Information Request is Can you supply me a copy of the survey name which was changed to “ Attitudes to Pensions and Planning for Retirement this is after the pilot was carried out.

My Freedom of Information Request is Can you supply me a copys of the Questions and the respondants responces that each of the Survey put to the People especilly Question SPM65, SPW60 and SPM65.

My Freedom of Information Request is could you supply me the documentation that changes the original name of the Survey from Attitudes to Pensions and Planning for Retirement to Attitudes to Pension Survey 2006 as It was also felt that the pilot name was not appropriate for those already retired and so the survey name was changed to “ Attitudes to Pensions and Planning for Retirement, this was the name of the survey which was put to the respondents in 2006, it is misleading that the DWP does not keep to the name on which the survey was called and seek to change it when responding to the 1950’s Women in the many letters to the Complaints to the DWP, missing the Words “Planning for Retirement”

My Freedom of Information Request is could you supply me a Copy of the 2009 Attitudes to pension Survey, my understanding is that on this survey which the DWP has not highlighted has considerable uncertintlyabout State Pension age, fewer respondnts were aware of current male and female SPA than was the case three years ago,.

In addition, few respondents were aware of the age (to the nearest year) at which they would be able to start receiving their State Pension, given the planned incremental rise in male and female SPA: only 30 per cent of men and 17 per cent of women knew this.

Individules were likely to expect to receive the State Pension before they will be eligible to do so.

My Freedom of Information Request is could you advise me on how many respondents Female and Males took the 2009 Attitudes to pension Survey.

Yours faithfully,
P Langton

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DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

You can expect a reply by 1st February 2018 unless I need to come back to you to clarify your request or the balance of the public interest test needs to be considered.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

DWP Strategy FoI Team

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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'.

long overdue please could you reply to my requests

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'.

Long overdue

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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been accepted by the DWP FoI mailbox.
 
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expect a response within 20 working days.
 
Should you have any further queries in connection with this request do
please contact us.
 
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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'.

Outstanding from the DWP

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

DWP freedom-of-information-requests, Department for Work and Pensions

This is an automated confirmation that your request for information has
been accepted by the DWP FoI mailbox.
 
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information owner within the Department who will respond to you direct. 
 
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expect a response within 20 working days.
 
Should you have any further queries in connection with this request do
please contact us.
 
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Dear P Langton
 
Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request
from earlier this year. Apologies for the delay, our records indicate it
was issued on the 26 January, however it does not appear on WDTK.
 
Yours sincerely
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
 
 
 
 

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Dear Lamgton
 
 
Please find attached our response to your recent Freedom of Information
request.
 
 
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
 
 
 
 
 

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