Thank you for your request for information about the following:
Please can you provide a copy of the manual used by assessors when assessing HC1 applications.
I have asked for, and received, this in the past (FOI 18104), but have lost the document which was provided.
I would like the most up-to-date version available.
Your request was received on 17th January 2024 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
A copy of the information is attached.
Some of the information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the exemption in section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act. In applying this exemption we have balanced the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosing the information. The below sets out the factors considered when deciding that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
Factors for disclosure
Public transparency of benefit assessment
Provide the public with an opportunity to challenge the basis of the NHS Low Income Scheme assessment
Factors for withholding
Disclosure would allow claimants to fraudulently increase value of benefit received.
Disclosure would allow fraudulent claimants for benefit
Increased cost to the tax payer of paying for any increase in fraudulent claims
Reasons why public interest favours withholding information
I consider that the public transparency in releasing this information is outweighed by the potential detrimental effect on the prevention or detection of crime and the increased cost to the tax payer of fraudulent benefit claims that this would represent.
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