GP PIP Tribunal Statistics

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David Andrew Jameson

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I sent this FOI to HM Courts and Tribunal Service who have directed me back to the DWP- they say you hold the data but that the DWP do

Dear HM Courts and Tribunals Service,

His Majesty’s Courts and
Tribunals Service (HMCTS) employ tribunal members for Personal Independence
Payment (PIP) tribunal appeals. The panel consists of a medically qualified member, a
disability qualified member and a legally qualified judge. The hearings and the panel
members are completely independent of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),
and this statement is said to all present (and recorded) at the start of every tribunal
appeal hearing.

Doctors employed by HMCTS as tribunal members are apparently General Medical Council (GMC)
registered but a current licence to practice is not required for the role (however many wil
still have a licence to practice). DWP does not employ GPs to work on tribunal panels as
this would be considered a conflict of interest.

I would like to know - for 2022

1. For 2022 how many GPs have you employed at tribunal?

2. How many of those GPs were GMC registered?

3. How many of those GPs did not hold a current licence to practice?

4. How many GPs held a current license to practice ?

5. What was the average cost to the tax payer to employ a GP at those tribunals?

6. What was the average total cost to the tax payer to hold a PIP tribunal

7. What were the total number of tribunals and was percent of tribunals were overturned in the claimants favour with no new evidence being submitted?

A simple table will suffice rather than a link to any website as due to my condition I have issues navigating the web and extracting information

If this exceeds costs focus on priority of the questions which are listed in order of priority

Yours faithfully,

David Andrew Jameson

They responded like this:(in part)

Disclosure Team
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ
David Jameson

20th June 2023
Dear Mr Jameson,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request – 230615014
Thank you for your request dated 15th June 2023 in which you asked for the following
information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ): (As listed far above )

Your request has been handled under the FOIA.
The MoJ does not hold any information in the scope of your request. This is because we are
not the appropriate authority to contact on this subject.
I have been informed by various services with whom I have consulted that this should be for
the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
I appreciate you have noted that the DWP does not employ GPs to work on tribunal panels,
however they would have the information you have requested.
The DWP Freedom of Information mail address is:

FOI request: clearly as it’s been established by the MOJ that the DWP hold the data (but the DWP deny that they do ) can you please provide the data that I requested from the MOJ? For your clarity:

I would like to know - for 2022

1. For 2022 how many GPs have been employed at tribunal?

2. How many of those GPs were GMC registered?

3. How many of those GPs did not hold a current licence to practice?

4. How many GPs held a current license to practice ?

5. What was the average cost to the tax payer to employ a GP at those tribunals?

6. What was the average total cost to the tax payer to hold a PIP tribunal in its entirety ? (Or total cost with the number of tribunals?)

7. What were the total number of tribunals and was percent of tribunals were overturned in the claimants favour with no new evidence being submitted?

A simple table will suffice rather than a link to any website as due to my condition I have issues navigating the web and extracting information

If this exceeds costs focus on priority of the questions which are listed in order of priority and answer the questions for which you hold the data

I believe taking into account the nature of the questions the answers would be in the public interest

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

David Andrew Jameson

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Dear David Jameson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 27th
June.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

David Andrew Jameson

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 'GP PIP Tribunal Statistics'.

The DWP deny they hold the data and HMCTS are adamant and confirm that the DWP hold the data

Please therefore provide the data

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

Yours faithfully,

David Andrew Jameson

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David Andrew Jameson

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 'GP PIP Tribunal Statistics'.

I would like to point out that my request to the DWP has been unlawfully delayed and it appears you gave me the incorrect information, HMCTS confirm that the DWP hold the data please see the HMCTS response here after an internal review

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

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

As it appears this is the remit of the DWP I would also like to ask:

How many of the tribunal GPS have also done work or been outsourced at anytime in the past by IAS or Capita ?
Yours faithfully,

David Andrew Jameson

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This request has been unlawfully delayed by the DWP since 27th June who cited that the HMCTS hold the information but after the HMCTS did an internal review they determined the DWP hold the information see here. I have again requested an internal review and the HMCTS final response is here

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

David Andrew Jameson

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 'GP PIP Tribunal Statistics'.

The first internal review was sent 24 July and this is outside the duration.

Please let me know if I can have the information or if I need to refer this to the ICO

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

Yours faithfully,

David Andrew Jameson

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Dear David Jameson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 24th
July.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear David Jameson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 7th
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team