It seems DWP responses to Freedom of Information requests are now known before the questions have even been considered.
Disability researcher Samuel Miller received an email from a senior case officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office today (Monday), referring to his long-standing request for information on Employment and Support Allowance/Incapacity Benefit claimant mortality – the number of people who died in 2012 while claiming these benefits.
It stated: “I have reviewed all the information available to me and note that the Commissioner has dealt with a similar complaint.
“You may be aware of the decision notice issued in [the case of my own FoI request, which is well-documented on this site]. That case has now been appealed to the Information Tribunal by the complainant.
“Under the circumstances I would strongly recommend that we do not proceed any further with your case until the Tribunal has reached a decision.
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