Number of claimants whose deaths led to a DWP peer review had been sanctioned in the past or were sanctioned at the time of their death

Anita Bellows made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Esther McVey confirmed during the Work and Pensions Committee session on the 4th of February 2015, that DWP conducted 49 peer reviews after deaths of claimants, but Chris Hayes said that 'we have found no particular case where, as a direct result of sanctions alone, that has led to someone being in that situation'. http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidenc...
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I would like to know how many claimants out of the 49 peer reviewed cases had received a sanction. This includes previous sanctions and sanctions at the time of their death.
And if it is within the cost limits, the number of sanctions for each claimant will also be useful

Yours faithfully,

Anita Bellows

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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 'Number of claimants whose deaths led to a DWP peer review had been sanctioned in the past or were sanctioned at the time of their death'.

ICO Guidance – Time Limits for compliance under the Freedom of Information Act (Section 10)
Point 62 states:
'The Act does not define what might constitute a ‘reasonable’ extension of time. However, our view is that an authority should take no more than an additional 20 working days to consider the public interest, meaning that the total time spent dealing with the request should not exceed 40 working days'.
And Point 64: ' This means that the authority should have identified the relevant exemptions, and satisfied itself that they are applicable, within the initial 20 working day time limit'

The DWP has therefore failed to comply with its obligations as it should have issued a definitive response either disclosing the requested information or citing the relevant statutory exemption(s).

Should the DWP fail to respond to this IRR within 20 days it will be deemed to have refused my request for information without citing a statutory exemption.

As the DWP has failed to comply with the appropriate time limits I will be making a complaint to the ICO to avoid any further delays in disclosure.

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

Yours faithfully,

Anita Bellows

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Dear Anita,

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