Once again the government is playing fast and loose with the figures. The FoI request is only partially answered – this time under a claim that it would cost too much – and Esther McVey has reneged on her promise to set up an independent investigation into the appropriateness of sanctions.
It seems clear that this is a department – and a government – with a large amount to hide.
One imagines many departmental budgets will be used to buy shredders over the coming 11-and-a-bit months.