DWP Referrals (410/19)

Request

How many times over the last five years has your police force passed on information to the Department for Work and Pensions regarding suspected benefit fraud?

Please give an outline of the information given, what grounds there were for passing it on (please be as descriptive as possible (e.g. footage of a 43-year-old man claiming disability benefits standing at a protest).

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act. If you would like to look into refining your request please contact me.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12). This information is not centrally recorded, therefore it would exceed the 18 hour FOI time limit in order to locate and retrieve this information.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

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