Statement of Reasons Manual

2. What is a decision statement?

2.1. In cases where we do not issue a report, our final decision is communicated in a decision statement. This is the case for decisions taken at both Assessment and Investigation stages. In most cases, a final decision statement will have been preceded by a draft decision statement. Comments made by the complainant and the Body in Jurisdiction (BinJ) will have been taken into account and, where appropriate, incorporated into the final decision statement. The decision statement will be sent with a covering letter. The covering letter is not part of the decision statement, which is a stand-alone document. Investigators can include extra detail or commentary in covering letters if it is not pertinent to the final decision, or where they wish to include other information or express sympathy for the complainant due to the circumstances of the complaint. 

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