Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
According to a previous response from DWP to a FOI request,
DWP is collecting the following information about Mandatory Reconsiderations:
1 Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations requested;
2 Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations requested following request for statement of reasons;
3 Whether Mandatory Reconsiderations requested by phone, letter, form or digitally;
4 Number of cases where new evidence received with Mandatory Reconsideration;
5 Number of cases where Decision Maker telephones claimant for new evidence;
6 Number of cases where Decision Maker requests advice from Assessment Provider;
7 Number of case cleared in % of days – actual percentage figure will be proposed at a later date;
8 Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations revised favourably/unfavourably or no change to decision; and
9 Total number of Mandatory Reconsiderations made.
I would like first to have some clarification about the Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations requested (1). Are they Mandatory Reconsiderations requested solely by claimants, or does the figure include Mandatory Reconsiderations performed by a Decision Maker, without the claimant being informed. There has been several cases of claimants learning about the outcome of a Mandatory Reconsideration before they had time to request one.
Ideally I would like the data related to all the 9 points above, but as it might exceed the cost limit, I would like to know first the Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations requested (1) and the Total number of Mandatory Reconsiderations made (9).
And then, in this order 4, 5, 6, 2, 3 until the cost limit is reached.
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By law, I should already have received a response to my FOI request
Please accept our apologies for the delay and see the attached reply to your Freedom of Information request.
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