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Excellent work from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC):

Time and time again, the Daily Mail has published stories about disability benefit claimants who supposedly did not deserve their benefits because they were either fit for work, or because it was too easy to claim benefits… to which DWP responded that it ‘takes great care’ when publishing statistics to ensure that the information is used in an appropriate manner but… also stated that ‘The Committee and Government need to be mindful of the widespread public unease about the number of people claiming incapacity benefits and it is therefore unsurprising that this is reflected in the media. […] However, it is important to stress that it is not the Department’s role to dictate what can appear in stories in the media’.

In August 2014, the Daily Mail published the above article [which] gave rise to a very interesting Freedom of Information request (for which S Banks deserves credit) which DWP took over 2 months to respond to. After getting the clarification he was looking for on whether there was a DWP press release about the Worst excuses used by benefit fraudsters, he asked the question: In regards to your last point; to answer my query specifically can you please confirm that the dwp initiated contact with the Mail in this particular instance?

To which DWP responded: The answer to your query below is yes, DWP initiated contact with the Mail in this particular instance.

Read more on the DPAC site.

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