The DWP's continuing and illegal obstruction of recording

Rick Sykes made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The DWP's continuing and illegal obstruction of recording

I write in the context of the legal advice received by the DWP well over two years ago, namely:-

"…Legal advice has been obtained to confirm that recording of assessments for the claimants must be allowed without unreasonable obstructions. The majority of the claimants who request that their medical assessment is recorded, do not have the financial means to provide the specified recording equipment."

(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/13...)

Please specify, clearly and in full, at least three separate, specific, examples (make and model) of AUDIO-recording equipment which the DWP will treat as acceptable for (overt) AUDIO-recording BY CLAIMANTS of any type of sickness\disability assessment, i.e. for ESA, DLA or PIP.

I will cite any delay, or childish and impertinent evasion, in answering this request as further illustration of the DWP's gross obstruction and lack of transparency on this issue, in support of my forthcoming reference to the ICO concerning production of the full text of the legal advice to which my opening paragraph above refers.

Yours faithfully,

Rick Sykes

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Dear Mr Sykes

Please see your FOI response attached

Kind regards

Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)/Department for Work and Pensions/Room 306/Block 31/Norcross/Norcross Lane/Blackpool/FY5 3TA

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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 'The DWP's continuing and illegal obstruction of recording'.

Your Reference: FOI 046

The DWP's continuing and illegal obstruction of recording

It is worth re-stating the original question:-

'I write in the context of the legal advice received by the DWP well over two years ago, namely:-

"…Legal advice has been obtained to confirm that recording of assessments for the claimants must be allowed without unreasonable
obstructions. The majority of the claimants who request that their
medical assessment is recorded, do not have the financial means to
provide the specified recording equipment."

Please specify, clearly and in full, at least three separate, specific, examples (make and model) of AUDIO-recording equipment which the DWP will treat as acceptable for (overt) AUDIO recording BY CLAIMANTS of any type of sickness\disability assessment, i.e. for ESA, DLA or PIP.'

In your response to date you have cited one example make and model for this purpose - the Neal 9102 Dual CD Audio Interview Recorder - which costs about £1,500 and needs to be ordered, 'bespoke', 4 to 10 weeks in advance.

If you cannot cite examples which the majority of claimants might actually have the financial means to provide, then the DWP's CURRENTLY RECORDED policy is manifestly in flagrant and ongoing breach of the law, the most reasonable, practical, response to which by claimants will be to record covertly.

Now produce the two further specific examples my original question required.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/th...

Yours faithfully,

Rick Sykes

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Dear Mr Sykes

Please see your FOI response attached

Kind regards

Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)/Department for Work and Pensions/Room 306/Block 31/Norcross/Norcross Lane/Blackpool/FY5 3TA

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GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

It is realistic to assume that the DWP and ATOS are petrified of the thought of any claimant, who has been wrongly identified as fit for work and subsequently committed suicide, may hold a record of their interview.

The DWP are trying to make it impossible for anyone to link them to the deaths.

Strangely, by taking all these steps to stifle media attention into the complicity of Bill Gunnyeons twisted and warped disability denial factory (DWP), they have drawn more attention than ever.

Time will tell................

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