Limited Capability for Work Related Activities (LCWRA) files destroyed after 28 days

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

A response to a Subject Access Request requesting all the evidence used in deciding a Universal claim finding the claimant had UC LCWRA.

From the DWP Right of Access team in their letter advised the following.

‘The rest of the relevant file is destroyed so is no longer available to send to you. We have been informed that Limited Capability for Work Related Activities (LCWRA) files are destroyed after 28 days’.

1. Is this correct i.e. is this actually official DWP policy to destroy LCWRA files after 28 days?

2. If so can i have a copy of that policy please?

Yours faithfully,

Andy Pennington

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no-reply@dwp.ecase.co.uk on behalf of DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Andy Pennington,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 2nd
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear DWP freedom-of-information-requests,

UC 113's, UC85A's, and UC 85's are clerical reports written by GP's and DWP contractors for DWP decision Makers to make decisions on a claimant's Work Capability Assessment's.

To rephrase the question how long are claimant's clerical records such as the above for Universal Credit kept?

Yours sincerely,

Andy Pennington

no-reply@dwp.ecase.co.uk on behalf of DWP Strategy Freedom of Information, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Andy Pennington,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 20th
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team