Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SOTLAND) ACT 2002

On or about 30th March 2011 in answer to a legally binding Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request....

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/su...

You advised.... "In answer to your questions I
can advise that the Department does not hold any statistics
relating to your enquiries".

The enquiror, a Mr Taylor specifically asked.... "I actual requested ALL RECORDED INFORMATION that you and/or your
contractors have relating to the number of Incapacity benefit claimants or people claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) that have committed suicide, or attempted to commit suicide, following notification of the requirement for them to attend an Atos Medical Examination and/or a work capability assessment (WCA)."

On or about 14 June 2011, in writing, you persisted in the statement that you do not hold any information in this respect.

On 5th January 2012, The Herald newspaper published a written reply by your Minister of State, Mr Grayling, that COMPLETELY CONTRADICTS the original answer which you provided under a STATUTORY REQUEST...

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/p...

1. Under the Freedom of Information Act, please can you provide me with ALL documents relating to the enquiry by Mr Tom Greatrex (appropriately redacted to avoid disclosing Data Protection Act exempt information), along with the replies and ALL documents relating to this whether letters, emails, minutes of meetings and contemporaneous notes of telephone calls from Mr Chris Grayling as the Government Minister at the DWP.

2. In terms of the Civil Service Code...

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/...

Please can you report yourselves and the above lie or negligence in giving false of inaccurate information out when so require by the Freedom of Information Act so that the cabinet Office may fully audit the evident discrepencies between your FOI answer and the contradictory written statement by your Minister of State?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Calum McLean
6th January 2012

DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

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P. Wilkinson left an annotation ()

I will send a FOI on this as I would like to know in what capacity are HCPs to be deployed into jobcentres as it seems to me they are trying to influence the decision maker to reduce the appeals expense.
Quote from the Herald
"Following a report designed to reduce the number of incorrect assessments, Atos was told to put staff in job centres, where the final decisions are made. But Mr Grayling also admitted a shortage of resources meant that recommendation had yet to be implemented."

To: DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please can you reply to my request which is past the lawful date by which you are legally obliged to respond?

Please can you also advise why you have broken the law in this regard?

Thank you.

Calum McLean
4th February 2012.

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P. Wilkinson left an annotation ()

There seems to be a growing number of FOI requests which are not answered within the legal time limit.

Calum McLean left an annotation ()

Hello P. Wilkinson,

Thank you. You are right. The DWP are breaking the Freedom of Information Acts with increasing frequency.

How ironic that the questionably "noble" Lord Freud wishes to fine disabled people £50 for filling in a form incorrectly ...

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

I would suggest that each time Mr Freud or his DWP colleagues miss a STATUTORY deadline on FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, then whoever is asking the question reciprocates Mr Freud's intolerance of the disabled and seeks a "civil penalty' against him and his DWP colleagues.

That is the law. The disabled are entitled to use it as well as Mr Freud.

It isn't as if Mr Freud cannot afford it. He creams off some £300 a day to get free luxury accommodation, free heat and subsidsed food at the House of Lords whilst mere cripples die a painful death ...

http://calumslist.org/

... to save Mr Freud and his friends money to subsidise massive tax breaks for his civil service and establishment colleagues who rip us all off with impunity....

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/a...

J Newman left an annotation ()

I can feel an FoI request coming on about the performance of the DWP FoI depatment. I suspect part of the reason for the increase in +20 days is that progressively we get better at asking more pointed questions that have to be referred upward to answer more carefully.

They clearly barely follow the letter of the law and most certainly not its spirit. What they don't twig is that the suspicion and mistrust they create makes for more questions not less. Having just about run out of patience, I now have 3 with the ICO - all small issues but similar principle that needs to be addressed.

Calum McLean left an annotation ()

Hi J Newman,

I just love this WhatDoTheyKnow website. Well done to the late Chris Lightfoot and WDTK team.

If I may, I would like to put a clear link to your FOI questions ....

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/j_new...

.... for your FOI questions and the answers are all part of the new 'education' that we are all progressing as far as the DWP and the misdemeanours allegedly perpetrated by the Secretary of State.

Best regards,

Calum.

www.calumslist.org

P. Wilkinson left an annotation ()

Great points guys, and you are right Calum, the WDTK site is brilliant, not least of all because if the DWP evade the questions we ask, then there are many observers who step in with the answers and links to more valuable information, as you show.
The DWP may like to keep their answers close to their chest but the truth will be ousted eventually.

Like you said John, they just create mistrust resulting in more questions being asked!

J Newman left an annotation ()

The site is excellent. It was a nightmare keeping track without it and with no way of "sharing". Now it's not so easy to divide and conquer. All part of transparency, public accountability etc. apart from that bit about the Atos IT . . . but that is another story and not over yet!

I just wish there was a classification "will not answer with no reason"

Feel free to use my email to discuss away from this forum if more appropriate.

DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr McLean

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

Kind regards

DWP Central FoI Team

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I, Calum McLean, am in receipt of an UNSIGNED and UNATTRIBUTED missive from the DWP making allegations against me.

I REQUIRE the NAME of the DWP author of the following statement published on the WhatDoTheyKnow website by the DWP:-

"There is an amount of correspondence on various websites that accuse Atos Healthcare and
DWP of wrongdoing which are not backed up by any factual evidence, where the
correspondence has not been taken through appropriate channels, and simply seeks to
condemn DWP through inference. In this case the information provided in the parliamentary
response and the press article are being used to infer that DWP and/or its staff have broken
the law.

Your accusations against DWP and staff are unfounded and are not based on factual
evidence; these allegations of wrongdoing against Civil Servants are unacceptable, therefore
the Department finds that this request is vexatious in nature and is under no obligation to
respond. "

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Dear Anonymous DWP Civil Servant,

I CITE, for example, the case of Mr Richard Sanderson ....

http://calumslist.org/detailed-accounts/

Whoever you are at the DWP that has written this unattributed missive, you are wrong, and downright out of order. Mr Sanderson left EVIDENCE. This evidence is now safely in the hands of the authorities.

This is not VEXATIOUS, but FACT. Many others who have committed suicide, allegedly because of fatal welfare reform flaws have left FACT BASED EVIDENCE TOO.

Therefore this matter will be referred to the Information Commissioner to adjudicate the Freedom of Information (FOI) aspect.

As for the allegations that there may be criminality involved in dozens of welfare reform deaths; it is not up to you to stonewall or rebut these with false allegations in an effort to deflect guilt, or protect yourself from the results of the actions of your organisation.

It IS up to a court of law to forensically examine the evidence.

I am well aware of the difference between an FOI request and the evidence gathering process along with the police and CPS protocols.

Are you ?

Your stonewalling with a "vexatious" excuse will not work here. Not with so MANY deaths and so MUCH evidence held by so MANY of HM Coroners and so MANY police forces.

You have had ample time to rectify this mess within your department. Even as I write this there has been yet another death where culpability has been directed against the DWP. Not by me, but by another bereft family and another separate media organisation.

Or are you REALLY suggesting that it is all nice and proper at the DWP and some 20 suicides are a figment of many peoples' imagination?

I would respectfully refer you to the MP Expenses Scandal and the Phone Hacking Scandal. Nobody died.

Yet many MPs and a number of Lords were prosecuted. Several were jailed.

The Welfare Reform Death Scandal has not been dealt with humanely, nor STOPPED. Your organisation are carrying on with the assumption of impunity.

Not for much longer.

Yours faithfully,

Calum McLean
8th February 2012.

DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

This is an automated confirmation that your request for information has
been received at the DWP Central FoI Team.

We will forward your request to the relevant information owner within the
Department who will respond to you direct. 

Should you also have any further queries in connection with this request
do please contact us.

For further information on the Freedom of Information Act within DWP
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DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Calum McLean,

Please see attached response to your Internal Review.

Kind regards,

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear Mr McLean

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

Kind regards

DWP Central FoI Team

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Calum McLean left an annotation ()

A thank you to the WhatDoTheyKnow website.

It is evident that the DWP publish details of those enquiring under FOI, but are happy to hide behind the legislation when one of their ilk have an unprofessional rant, and decline to SIGN their reply.

Whoever it was at the DWP who wrote the excuses above, this matter has now exhausted the FOI process.

They at the DWP, and those standing idly by whilst so many people kill themselves because of the fatally flawed welfare reform systems within the DWP WILL be referred to the appropriate authorities.

These are not random allegations. They are being distilled from various sources, including HM Coroner reports, and now subject to "Rule 43 Inquiry" under the Coronial legislation.

Open, public and fully transparent detail at ....

http://calumslist.org/

Regards.

Mr Gary Kay left an annotation ()

Calum

Have you got any further with this subject,I am about to embark on a journey into the Disaster of ESA and atos.

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