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DWP Central Freedom of 
Information Team
Caxton House
6-12 Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA
Finn Keaney 
freedom-of-information-
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
xxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx 
DWP Website
Our Ref: FOI2023/59950
2 October
Dear Finn Keaney,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 3 August. You wrote:
“Thank you for your reply. Please accept the below reduction in the scope of my original 
request.
Please provide me the below information as it relates to the item of work outlined in my 
initial request :
 - the names of any teams or departments involved in this piece of work
 - minutes of any meetings attended or held by Digital Colleagues discussing this item of 
work
 - any Equality Impact Assessments undertaken as part of this item of work
 - the findings as they were at the point of being issued to whoever Digital Colleagues 
reported to on this item of work”
DWP Response
We previously wrote to you on 4 September, extending the deadline of your request as we 
still need to consider the Public Interest Test, as per Section 10(3) of the FOI Act.
We believed at that time, that we held information relating to your request and that we 
needed to withhold some of that detail under a Section 31(1)(a) exemption of the FOI Act, as 
the information relates to Law Enforcement. 
The information that we had located was based on your request and linking back to your 
previous request FOI2023/50432, relating to an email sent on 26 March 2020 at 10:59, that 
was supplied to you earlier this year in “Additional material 4.pdf”, part of the overall 
conclusion to FOI2020/19088.
Based on the content of that email, from 26 March 2020, we located what we thought was 
information in scope of this request. 
However, whilst considering the Public Interest Test in relation to those documents, it has 
now become apparent that they relate to decisions on Ad-Hoc Payments which is different to 
your original request which was asking about Emergency Payments. 
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Once we became aware of this fact, we did another search to locate information about 
Emergency Payments connected to the email from 26 March 2020. 
Following a search of our paper and electronic records we have concluded that no 
information is held in scope of this request. 
Owing to the passage of time, since 26 March 2020, these records have more than likely 
been destroyed in accordance with Departmental records management practices in line with 
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (DPA) principles. 
We are very sorry for any confusion that has occurred and hope that you can understand 
how this mistake has been made.  
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact us quoting the reference number 
above.
Yours sincerely,
DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Department for Work and Pensions
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