Look at the number of people whose deaths were investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions, after they committed suicide following the application of a sanction by the DWP:
The DWP compiled a report on the causes of these deaths, but this is not to be released to the public.
According to David Cameron (replying to Angus Robertson in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday), “We can’t publish the specific report which you talk about because it has personal and medical data in it which would not be appropriate for publication.”
But the government routinely publishes reports with such information redacted, and it is common practice to publish information in such a form in order to allow the findings to become public knowledge while protecting personal details.
The only reason this report is being hidden is to allow Iain Duncan Smith to continue denying what we already know – and he has already read.
Even when he was discussing information that has been published, the man we call RTU (Return To Unit) or SNLR (Services No Longer Required), in tribute to his failed army career, managed to get it wrong.
Vox Political commenter Rowan Farmer said: “When he was questioned about the Work Capability Assessment and the 2,300 deaths of claimants who died after being found fit for work in WCA assessments, he replied that ‘those in a similar position who are not involved with WCA the mortality rates are very similar to those involved with WCA’
“Well doesn’t that just show that it was WRONG to find these people ‘fit for work’? Isn’t he admitting that they WERE seriously ill and not malingering as he’d like the country to believe?”
Challenged by Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck on welfare reforms pushing people to kill themselves, he said: “I don’t accept your assertion somehow that these things are directly linked.”These are tragedies in their own right and they are often very complex as individual cases.
“Sanctions have been part of the benefit system for some time. Under the last Labour government they were accepted as part of the benefit system. I always accepted them. I always recognised there were issues occasionally and problems but I didn’t go round accusing the then Labour government of running a system that somehow ended up in the way that you are making this allegation.”
That would be because the Labour government didn’t.
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