Universal Credit and Lifetime ISA / Help to Buy ISA savings

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request information regarding plans announced by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make savings held in Lifetime ISAs and Help to Buy ISAs exempt from being included in calculations for Universal Credit.

Specifically, please provide:

- Details on the current status of these plans and whether they are still being considered by the DWP
- Any assessments made on the potential impact and costs of exempting Lifetime ISA and Help to Buy ISA savings from universal credit calculations
- Information on the proposed timeframe for implementing this policy, if it is still planned to go ahead
- Any correspondence, minutes of meetings, or briefings regarding these plans and their current status

If my request is denied in whole or in part, please justify all withholdings by reference to specific exemptions within the Act. I look forward to your response within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,
Stephen

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Dear Stephen Campbell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 8th
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I am writing to request an internal review of the Department's response to my Freedom of Information request regarding plans to exempt Lifetime and Help to Buy ISAs from Universal Credit calculations.

While I understand the rationale for applying Section 35(1)(a), I do not believe the public interest favors withholding this information from disclosure. The policy was publicly announced by the former Prime Minister, so there is already an expectation that details would be made available.

The public has a right to know the status of policies that could significantly impact Universal Credit claimants. Withholding information does not serve accountability or transparent decision-making.

I ask that the exemption be reconsidered and more information disclosed, such as:

- Whether this policy is still under active consideration or has been dropped
- Broad timeframes proposed for implementation
- Data on the estimated number of UC claimants who could benefit

This limited data would assure the public that their interests are being considered without compromising policy development.

If the DWP maintains its position, I request a more detailed public interest test explaining why secrecy overrides public accountability on this specific policy. I look forward to your review and remain willing to discuss ways to gain access to information on this issue. Please respond within 20 days as required under FOI.

Thank you for reconsidering my request.

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,

Stephen Campbell

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Dear Stephen Campbell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 17th
October.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team