Payments made by EIBSS

S Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I requesting Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am Haemophilic who was infected with contaminated blood as a result I was infected with HIV which according to the 2019/20 I am entitled to a payment of £28,000 P.A. I was also infected with Hepatitis C (Stage 1) with SCM which again the payment is set £28,000 however as I have both I receive £44,000.

How was the figure of £28,000 P.A reached? Please provide copies of the evidence on how this decision was reached.
What medical evidence was used too determined this was an a appropriate figure? & by who or Department? Please provide copies of the evidence.

What medical evidence was used to determine that Co-Infection requires less than a doubling of the sum to which category the Infectee comes under? Please provide copies of the evidence.

The reasonable expectation would be to recieve £56,000 in the category I am in? What medical evidence was used to determine this was not an appropriate sum in this category? Who or what department made the decision? Please provide copies of the evidence.

What medical reasoning is there for this disparity? Please provide the medical evidence.
Is it Legal under the Equalities Act 2010? What legal advice was sort? Please provide a copy of legal advice obtained.

Was an impact study completed prior to the 2019 uplift? If so by, please provide a copy of the study.
Has the disparity issue been discussed in any minted meeting between EIBSS, DHSC or The Infected Blood Policy Team? Please provide the minutes from the meeting(s) in which this took place.

My question's are based that the structuring of the payments in this way you devalue the infections to which the people who are in category receive & create disparity which already adds to the anguish caused by this whole tragic incident.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am writing to remind you that my F.O.I should have been dealt with promptly by the 22/04/21.

I would like clarification as to why there has been a delay. Has this request been delayed as it has been referred Orwellian Unit if so what is are the reasons behind that decision.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

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Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

The F.O.I is #739334

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for providing the link to your request. I apologise for the length of time it is taking to respond and we will do so as soon as we are able.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1317101 

   
Dear Mr/Ms Carroll, 

 

Thank you for your correspondence of 23 March about the England Infected
Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS). I have been asked to reply and I apologise
for the delay in doing so. This has been caused by the unprecedented
volume of correspondence received by the department throughout the
COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. 

 

You asked for further information about the changes made in April 2019.
These changes introduced higher rates of non-discretionary annual payments
for all infected beneficiaries. These increases brought payment levels for
all infected beneficiaries above the level of the income top-up scheme
that was in operation at the time. This means that, since April 2019,
infected beneficiaries have received a higher level of payment, without
the need for means tested assessments. 

 

Payment levels were set taking into account existing payments, including
both non-discretionary annual payments and means tested income-top up
payments, and levels of support provided by the other infected blood
support schemes in the UK.  

 

I hope this reply is helpful, 

 
Yours sincerely,  
   
Aymee Smith  
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries 
Department of Health and Social Care 

  

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am not sure how clear I can be surrounding this issue.

"The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material. " Is an incorrect statement as is you statement about Internal Review as both are laid out on the ICO website indicates otherwise. This request had been passed to the ICO.

Have you provided me with no information regarding the request, as has been seen at the Infected Blood Inquiry the other devolved answered the questions I posed, it would appear the the government in Westminster are reluctant to do so or don't hold the same level of priority to be as open with the information they hold.

Regarding the information you have provided were is the documentation in support of your statement as to how the schemes are funded as I understood from the evidence William Vineall (Director, DHSC) provided to the Infected Blood Inquiry the answers to my request exists as hard copies.

Comply with the request in full or I will initiate a Judicial Review of your Department F.O.I policy & procedures.

Kind regards,
Steven Carroll

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Payments made by EIBSS'.

The DHSC have not provided the information regarding this request.

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,
S Carroll

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,
 
Looking at our records we have responded to a very similar request (IR
1314593) dated 13 August 2021.  If you feel this is not the case, please
let us know.  
 
Kind regards
 
 
FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Unfortunately this not the case, the FOI you mention above doesn't take the all of the information requested in this FOI.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll