On the 2nd May 2012 I had a reply to a FOI Request from the DWP, one of the questions I asked was – (Can you confirm or deny that claimants who have requested a home assessment have also been granted the request to have their home assessment audio recorded)? The reply I got was very interesting because in the first instant the DWP told me an outright lie, you might think I’m stupid for thinking they would do anything else but on this particular matter I thought they would be much more careful, here is their original reply to that question?
DWP Reply to that particular question
In reply to Q5, I can confirm that a Work Capability Assessment has never been recorded by Atos Healthcare during a home assessment
I knew this to be a lie but we’ll move on.
I then contacted the DWP Again to give them another opportunity to look again at the question I had asked them, today I got another reply from them after they conducted an internal review? Click on link to see their response – http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/confirmation_of_facts#incoming-288529
Whether a Atos Home Assessment has been Audio Recorded is I believe a very important question, the revised answer as far as I’m concerned sets a precedent for future claimants who request “Home Assessments”? I think this is a very important admission from the DWP, they tried to deny it but I warned them I would publish details to contradict them. I sincerely hope this proves useful for future claimants…..