The person quoted below lodged what is commonly known as a Data Protection Act “Subject Access Request” – albeit originally via an FOI channel – in accordance with the DPA 2000, in order to gain access to the personal data and information that Ingeus will hold on him.

As the Wirral in it Together blog states, “Just imagine if one day, a powerful movement was created and set into process, whereby just 25% of hitherto targeted and oppressed unemployed citizens, singled out for ongoing abuse and detriment, turned the tables on their oppressors and bound them up in the minutiae of responding in detail to a Subject Access Request for every single individual – all justified – not vexatious – for serious purpose – and all done for correct and noble reasons and fully in keeping with their statutory rights and the law of the land?”

Remember – by law, these organisations have to respond, and within a certain amount of time.

What would be the effect?

In 2014 I had occasion to be referred to Ingeus on the Work scheme program. Basically I attended on interview but found work and I was for two years plagued by Ingeus for contact.

It struck me that the urgency of their phone calls, their attendance at my house TWICE might indicate, rather like Wirralbiz, that they be tempted to cheat a la A4e.

I asked DWP for the personal details of any claims made by Ingeus on my account-since they only had one initial interview. I will receive the data on 19th April as per the mailed letter to me from DWP.

It struck me that these ridiculous schemes “Back to work” etc would be stopped in their tracks by each individual unwillingly subjected to them requesting their personal data.

DWP would think twice about contracting such organisations, and the same be deterred from fraud, should each person request the data by FOI.*

A kind of Gandhi-like revolt.

Source: A “Gandhi-like Revolt” – against the DWP

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