UN investigation into abuses of human rights of the disabled through government "welfare reforms"

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Re: UN investigation into the abuse of the human rights of the disabled / and deaths, caused by the UK government's "welfare reforms".

Please provide a copy of the UN's report.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

P. Smith

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John Slater left an annotation ()

Dear P. Smith,
This response from the DWP is appalling. S.27 is what is called a qualified exemption and therefore the DWP is required to carry out a public interest test before engaging s.27 and it hasn't even mentioned it.

The ICO guidance for s.27 can be found here and is worth reading:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

I suggest that you should submit an IRR to the DWP. For me the following issues need to be addressed by the DWP in its response to your IRR and then by the ICO if you submit a complaint about the DWP subsequent refusal of your IRR:

(1). The DWP hasn't mentioned which part of s.27 it is engaging. There are numerous parts of s.27 & the DWP needs to be specific about when part of parts it is relying on.

(2). The DWP hasn't mentioned the public interest test and I suggest it is overwhelmingly in favour of disclosure of the information.

(3). Any prejudice arising from disclosure must harm international relations or interests of the United Kingdom or its interests abroad. This means that prejudice can't just relate to a single government department such as the DWP. I suggest that disclosure might be politically embarrassing but any harm wouldn't be sufficient to pass the prejudice test. I also believe that any harm would actually be limited to the DWP and that it is not adequate grounds to engage s.27.

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 'UN investigation into abuses of human rights of the disabled through government "welfare reforms"'.

Please see this annotation to my FoI, which contains advice to myself, and please respond to the points raised:

"Dear P. Smith,

This response from the DWP is appalling. S.27 is what is called a qualified exemption and therefore the DWP is required to carry out a public interest test before engaging s.27 and it hasn't even mentioned it.

The ICO guidance for s.27 can be found here and is worth reading:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

I suggest that you should submit an IRR to the DWP. For me the following issues need to be addressed by the DWP in its response to your IRR and then by the ICO if you submit a complaint about the DWP subsequent refusal of your IRR:

(1). The DWP hasn't mentioned which part of s.27 it is engaging. There are numerous parts of s.27 & the DWP needs to be specific about when part of parts it is relying on.

(2). The DWP hasn't mentioned the public interest test and I suggest it is overwhelmingly in favour of disclosure of the information.

(3). Any prejudice arising from disclosure must harm international relations or interests of the United Kingdom or its interests abroad. This means that prejudice can't just relate to a single government department such as the DWP. I suggest that disclosure might be politically embarrassing but any harm wouldn't be sufficient to pass the prejudice test. I also believe that any harm would actually be limited to the DWP and that it is not adequate grounds to engage s.27."

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

Yours faithfully,

P. Smith

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Lee Jefferson left an annotation ()

The United Nations made its report findings public on 6th October 2016.

Here is a news article showing the report findings containing the link requested
https://endpropaganda.wordpress.com/2016...

The UK Government does not plan on correcting its violations of CRPD Article 6. The UK Government is also the first one in history to be investigated over its compliance of this Article.