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Paid sick leave of Therese Coffey

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Recently the former SSWP Therese Coffey disclosed that she'd been hospitalised for a month around four years ago due to ministerial stress. It is unclear if this was during her time as SSWP or in her previous position at DEFRA.

Given Ms Coffey's three years as SSWP involved managing the extent to which those who are too sick to work are financially supported by the taxpayer, I feel there is a much greater degree of public interest in understanding how much Ms Coffey was supported in this manner. It is helpful for us as the public to understand how the SSWP's own experience of paid time off work might influence her policy positions.

As such please could you provide information as to Ms Coffey's paid sickness - how much time she took off, whether some or all of it was paid in full - for the years 2018 and 2019.

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

informationrequests@defra.gov.uk,

Dear Finn Keaney,

Thank you for your email which we received on the 16 November requesting
information.

We aim to answer your request no later than 15th December, which is 20
working days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this
deadline we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address]

informationrequests@defra.gov.uk,

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Dear Finn Keaney,

Please find attached the response to your request of 16th November for
information on Paid sick leave of Therese Coffey.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Thank you Jo for your reply. Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Paid sick leave of Therese Coffey'.

I understand and accept that ordinarily this data would be subject to the exemption you have cited in your response. However as I noted in my original request I believe that there is a significant public interest in the release of this data for the purpose of accountability and of understanding the ways in which Therese Coffey's own experience of paid sick leave might have impacted the policy decisions she made in her years as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

1) In her role at DWP Therese Coffey had the final say on every decision made to remove taxpayer-funded financial support from any individual who was too sick to work
2) In her various roles in government Therese Coffey is likely to have received taxpayer-funded financial support during any times in which she herself was too sick to work.
3) In order to understand her decisionmaking around point 1 I feel that we as members of the public need to know to what extent she herself was supported as referenced in point 2.

Please review this request specifically with regards to the Public Interest Test. Thank you.

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

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

informationrequests@defra.gov.uk,

Dear Finn Keaney,

Thank you for your email which we received on 15 December, challenging our
response to your request for information. We are handling this as a
request for an internal review.

If your request was handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), section 45 Code of Practice states that an internal review should
take no longer than 20 working days, or 40 in exceptional circumstances.

If your request was handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs), regulation 11(4) requires a public authority to
consider the complaint and respond to the complainant as soon as possible
and no later than 40 working days from the time when the complaint was
received.

We can inform you that the 15th February is the 40 ^th working day from
the date we received your complaint.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address]

informationrequests@defra.gov.uk,

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Dear Finn Keaney,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of 15th December for information on Paid sick leave of Therese Coffey.

Yours sincerely

Jo Collinge

Information Rights Team

[email address]

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