Guidance

Request your personal information from the Department for Work and Pensions

You have the right to get a copy of the information that is held about you. This is known as 'right of access' in data protection law.

If you need proof of a benefit claim

Contact the office that pays your benefit if you need:

  • proof you’re claiming benefits
  • a record of the amounts (rates) of benefit you get and the dates you’re paid
  • a copy of your last fit note

You can find their contact details on a letter they’ve sent you. This is the quickest way to get proof of a benefit claim.

If you’re claiming Universal Credit and have an online account, you can request this information through your journal.

Request a copy of any other information that DWP holds about you

You can also write to DWP. Include a description of the information you want (for example Jobseeker’s Allowance records), the time period you need the information to cover and your:

  • full name
  • full address
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number

Post your written request to:

Right of Access Requests
Mail Handling Site A
Wolverhampton
WV98 2EF

Solicitors or other third parties: request information on behalf of someone else

Write to DWP using the request form for third parties (ODT, 17.5KB) .

We’ll need to get the consent of the other person (the ‘subject’) before we can begin your request. The guidance in the form explains how we do this.

When you should get a reply

We’ll send you the personal information you have asked for as soon as possible. This will be within 1 month from when we get your request, as long as your request gives enough information to identify you and the information you ask for. If it doesn’t, we’ll contact you.

How we collect and use information

The DWP personal information charter contains the standards you can expect when we ask for, or hold, your personal information. It also explains the other rights you have under data protection law.

Published 25 May 2018
Last updated 15 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added simplified third party request form.
  2. Updated the third party request form to reflect the new legal terms under GDPR.
  3. First published.