As someone who has had contact with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the DWP in the past, This Writer can clear this issue right up. DWP never followed up on these recommendations because the Tory government simply doesn’t care.

The Tories don’t care about identifying vulnerable benefit claimants.

They don’t care if anyone should have a safeguarding visit to check if they are at risk of death after having their benefit cut off.

They certainly can’t be bothered to tell DWP staff it is important to identify vulnerable people and take their needs into account – because it isn’t important to the Tories.

Tories want vulnerable people to die.

Until investigations start happening with that fact as a fundamental starting-point, people will continue to die.

What are you going to do about it? Wait until one of your own relatives or friends has died because the DWP can’t be bothered? By then, it will be too late.

The information commissioner has questioned why the government failed to keep track of whether it had implemented recommendations on improving the safety of “vulnerable” disabled people that had been made in its own secret reports into benefit-related deaths.

Elizabeth Denham said the failure of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to keep track of its actions on “such sensitive cases” was “highly unusual”.

DWP has told her that it has no idea whether it implemented the 10 recommendations.

DWP was forced to publish 49 heavily-redacted internal “peer reviews”, each of which had been carried out following the death of a benefit claimant.

Many of the reviews – which took place between February 2012 and August 2014 – had included recommendations for improvements in national policies and procedures, in order to avoid future deaths.

DWP has told ICO that it has destroyed records relating to how these recommendations were passed to and from the relevant national “customer journey teams”.

It has also told ICO that there was “no requirement” for the department to keep track of what action was taken after these recommendations were passed on.

And it argues that because the peer reviews were a “voluntary internal process”, it had no legal duty to keep this information.

Source: Information commissioner questions DWP’s ‘highly unusual’ failure on benefit deaths

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