Vox Political welcomes the support of Labour’s Roger Godsiff in the campaign to persuade the Department for Work and Pensions to do the right thing.
Note that, by the time you read this, the petition is likely to have topped 200,000 signatures. Have you added yours yet? Who knows how many it will contain if the DWP insists on taking this to the Information Tribunal?
Roger Godsiff (Lab Birmingham Hall Green) joined more than 120,000 people who have signed a petition to demand that the Government release the figures.
An official watchdog has also ordered it to explain how many people have died after going through a work-capability assessment which ruled they were fit to work.
This would mean the claimant was expected to start looking for a job or take part in training designed to prepare them for employment – and would face the prospect of losing benefits unless they comply.
Campaigner Mike Sivier used the Freedom of Information Act to ask how many people who died between November 2011 and May 2014 had been found “fit for work”, or told they could move towards getting work.
But the Department for Work and Pensions refused his request, saying it was already preparing to publish the information.
Mr Sivier appealed to Information Commissioner Christopher Graham, who ordered civil servants to publish the data within 35 days of his ruling on April 30.
But the Department has instead decided to appeal this ruling.