Added by Freedom of Information Team on 09 February 2016 at 13:51
I understand that that you are now picking pensioners for review using an Excel random selector? Please can you tell me whether this is a completely random system or whether you have programmed to select for certain groups, i.e. by banding; age or whatever.
Please tell me why you have chosen this method of selection and how it differs from the previous selection method.
Please explain the previous selection method.
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Individuals are being selected for review by way of the random selector facility available on the Excel system. This is a completely random system which has not been programmed to select for certain groups.
No information is recorded concerning why this method has been chosen or how it differs from the previous selection method.
With regards to the previous selection method in 2014, it was decided to begin with those in receipt of a Band 4 award.
FOI Reference: 059/16