Legal advice sought before increasing payments

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department for Work and Pensions should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please kindly provide a copy of the legal advice the department sought to check it was ok to increase Universal Credit payments during the lockdown period but leave those on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) with no extra financial support during the very same period.

The documents, if they exist, may for instance warn of potential discrimination claims against the department for helping one group of claimants but not the other groups who would be equally entitled to the same difference in payment.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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Our ref: FOI2020/28444

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Dear Amanda Hart,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 9th June.
Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

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days. However due to the current situation with COVID-19 it may not be
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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 'Legal advice sought before increasing payments'.

Re: FOI2020/28444

A valid response to our request should have been provided by now in all cases.
We still require the information.

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

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 9th
June.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

DWP Central FOI Team,

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Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 3rd
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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 'Legal advice sought before increasing payments'.

Thank you for your response denying our request for this information. However we must respectfully reject this because it would be perfectly reasonable for you to redact the areas of concern leaving visible the parts we are interested in which is where they warn of potential discrimination cases if you were to "increase Universal Credit payments during the lockdown period but leave those on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) with no extra financial support during the very same period".

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

You have an opportunity to provide the information in redacted form before we take the matter up with the ICO who may well require you to release it in full rather than redacted.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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

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Every effort is being made to respond to FOIs as we would usually but the
current situation means that available Departmental resources will be
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and we will aim to deal with your FOI request as soon as is practically
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[2]http://www.gov.uk/dwp
 
 

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Report to ICO if not provided by 29th Sept

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Reported to ICO 12th September 2020.

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IC-55806-H6R8. ICO told authority to respond within 20 working days. Report back to ICO if fail to response by 28th October 2020

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Dear Amanda Hart,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 5th
August.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

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IC-55806-H6R8 Informed ICO as they still need to take action here.

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IC-55806-H6R8 Received notification of acceptance from ICO

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Chased ICO re IC-55806-H6R8 20th November 2020.