Social Security Benefits: Disqualification

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason a benefit sanction was imposed on Mr David Clapson in June 2014; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

Although the Data Protection Act does not apply to deceased persons’ personal data, rules of confidentiality continue to apply. DWP’s policy is that if someone enquires about a deceased person only the date of death may be disclosed unless the written consent of the executor or administrator, or a close relative if of no executor or administrator exists, has been obtained.

Section 123 of the Social Security Act 1992 makes it a criminal offence to disclose social security information (including information relating to deceased customers) without lawful authority.

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