Policy & guidance re representatives being present during meetings

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

For the purposes of the following requests for information a “Meeting” is to be taken to mean any “benefit related meeting and/or medical examination/assessment with DWP employees or contractors (e.g. those carrying out medical examinations on behalf of the Secretary of State).”

Q1. Please provide the current versions of policy and guidance documents covering benefit recipients being accompanied by a family member, or other representative, to and supported during Meetings. If no such documents exist please confirm this is the case.

Q2. Please provide the current versions of policy and guidance documents covering the refusal to allow a companion/representative to attend a Meeting or eject them at any point during a Meeting. If no such documents exist please confirm this is the case.

Q3. In respect of the policies and guidance specified in Q1 & Q2 above. Does the DWP hold and legal opinion as to their compliance with article 6 of the Human Rights Act (right to a fait hearing).

Q4. Please confirm who (e.g. JCP manager or any civil servant above a particular grade) has the authority to eject a person from any premises used by the DWP in relation to benefits.

Yours faithfully,

John Slater

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Savage Les DWP COMMERCIAL DIRECTORATE, Department for Work and Pensions

Savage Les DWP COMMERCIAL DIRECTORATE would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Policy & guidance re representatives being present during meetings".

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Savage Les DWP COMMERCIAL DIRECTORATE, Department for Work and Pensions

John

With regard to Q4, this is JCP Policy which G4S implement so it will be down to OPS to answer this question.

Regards

Les

Les Savage BEM
Contract Manager | Department for Work and Pensions | Finance Group | 5th Floor (Zone E) Caxton House | 6-12 Tothill Street | London | SW1H 9NA |
Telephone 0207 449 7960 | Internal 64960 | [mobile number]| www.dwp.gov.uk |
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Savage Les DWP COMMERCIAL DIRECTORATE, Department for Work and Pensions

Savage Les DWP COMMERCIAL DIRECTORATE would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Policy & guidance re representatives being present during meetings".

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Dear John Slater,

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DWP Central FoI Team

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