Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In its response FOI2019/25478 of 7 August 2019 in respect of the PIP contracts the Department claimed:

“Your request for the 2017 and 2018 change requests in respect of the Personal Independence
Payment contracts would take a considerable amount of time to locate, retrieve and extract.”

As it would cost too much to extract the change requests this implies that the change requests have been incorporated into the revised contracts (i.e. the effective contracts) that are used by the Department to manage the 3 PIP contracts.

RFI1: Please disclose the current effective PIP contract between the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Atos for Lot 1. Please note that this request excludes information that would be exempt under section 40(2) FOIA.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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Dear John Slater,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 30th
August 2019.

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 'PIP - Current Effective Contract with Atos for Lot 1'.

Thank you for your response of 19 September 2019.

Whilst it is clear that the Department intends to publish some of the information that falls within the scope of my request it is not possible for it to claim that it has identified which information that is.

As the Commissioner states in her published guidance:

“A general intention to publish some information will not suffice. It is not enough for the public authority to note that it will identify some, but not all, of the information within the scope of the request for future publication.”

In addition, the Department makes no mention of carrying out the required public interest test.

Therefore, I ask the Department to rescind its reliance on section 22 and disclose all the requested information.

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,

John Slater

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Dear John Slater,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 22nd
September 2019.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear [email address] on behalf of DWP Central FOI Team,

Thank you for a professional response. I accept the Department's argument that it is reasonable to wait until Spring 2020 for the updated PIP contracts to be published, but no later.

However, I will be monitoring the publication and if it does not happen as discussed I will make a fresh request for the effective PIP contracts.

Yours sincerely,

John Slater

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