Suspension of Universal Credit claims following investigation

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

For the most recent period of 6 months and for a corresponding period of 6 months a calendar year before:
Please could you advise me of the following information regarding cases where Universal Credit or (in "alleged claim" disputes only) means-tested Legacy benefits have been COMPLETELY suspended/disallowed following a question regarding entitlement to Universal Credit ("alleged claim" disputes are defined as Universal Credit claims has been made for persons in receipt of legacy means-test benefits which are disputed by the claimant):
1) the number of new cases suspended or disallowed pending investigation
2) the number of existing cases outstanding at the beginning and end of the period
3) the number of cases resolved in the periods (i.e. until entitlement issue resolved and the correct entitlement is paid)
4) the average duration of the Suspension/Disallowance from the point when the claimant's benefit ceased until it was put back into payment at the correct level of entitlement/benefit
5) In how many of these resolved cases has some level of benefit been reinstated

Could you break this down by
a) "alleged claim" cases (as defined above)
b) Cases where the Housing Costs alone is a matter of dispute
c) Cases where a dispute has arisen over work status
d) all other cases

Yours faithfully,

Mike Robinson

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Dear Mike Robinson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 28th
August.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team