Justice ministry refuses to probe DWP’s WCA suicide report ‘cover-up’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

Stephen Carré took his own life in 2010 [Image: Handout].

Stephen Carré took his own life in 2010 [Image: Handout].

Disability News Service (DNS) has seen a series of letters that show that the coroner gave the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) all the information it needed to carry out an urgent review of the safety of key aspects of the work capability assessment (WCA) in 2010.

But that review – ordered by coroner Tom Osborne through a process known as a Rule 43 letter – appears never to have been carried out.

Legislation updated in 2008 makes it clear that a copy of the DWP response to Osborne’s report should have been sent to the Lord Chancellor [whose relevant duties are now covered by the justice secretary].

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) appeared unaware this week that the work and pensions secretary – Iain Duncan Smith** – had a legal duty under the relevant legislation to produce a response to that Rule 43 report and send a copy of it to the Lord Chancellor.

MoJ has so far refused to say whether the Lord Chancellor received a response to the coroner’s report from DWP in 2010.

Instead, an MoJ spokesman insisted that any questions about the report were a matter for DWP.

Source: Justice ministry refuses to probe DWP’s WCA suicide report ‘cover-up’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

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13 thoughts on “Justice ministry refuses to probe DWP’s WCA suicide report ‘cover-up’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

  1. Tony Dean.

    Personally I think this is now a police and Crown Prosecution Service matter, as a death is involved.

      1. David Woods

        Ahh! But these MP’s are still living, so obviously the investigation has a few more decades to go yet!

      2. Tony Dean

        Mike, been through those stages with what result? It is now VERY obvious that more than one notice to prevent further deaths has been lost/not acted upon with people still dying because of that. At the very least a police investigation needs to take place because people are still dying be because of DWP inaction with regard to those notices.

      3. Mike Sivier Post author

        The result was that there was no need for a criminal investigation because his death was not brought about intentionally by another person.
        The issue that interests us is whether it was brought about due to a political policy of a sitting government, and I am afraid that this takes us into the realms of the ‘cover-up’ described in the article. These two government departments needed to act on the coroner’s notice. If it is found that they acted inappropriately, then the matter moves on to another level of investigation. It may be that criminal prosecution will take place at a later stage, but it will require evidence that is not currently available.

  2. Dez

    Not a good sign when Ministry of Justice denies any knowledge of the issue and worse could not give a squat about robustly following the matter up. Hope the system is not now leaning towards their masters rather than their paymasters….taxpayers. Surely the Coroner, having robustly raised the serious matter, would have been included on any correspondence or managing the outcomes.

  3. A-Brightfuture

    Cover up??!!, this little lot will be filled in the same office draw as, The assignation of JFK, Martin Luther King, 911, 77, the Paris bombings. The list goes on..and on.

  4. Phil Lee

    High time that the Tory party was banned as an extremist organisation, or under the prevention of terrorism act.
    The latter, of course, being indictable, meaning any citizen has a right (and it could even be argued, a duty) to detain any member on suspicion of inciting acts of terrorism until such time as they can be handed over into the custody of a police constable (as the law so quaintly terms what everyone knows as a citizens arrest).

    Now, if we could agree a day when everyone would do this simultaneously, a vote of no confidence could be put through and parliament dissolved until such time as we can have something which actually represents the people.

    1. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

      As I posted a short time ago Phil, “It is no good complaining about it. We need a concerted effort by decent people to get up and take action to rid ourselves of these imposters for democracy. They are hedonistic, greedy and prepared to deny the very people they should be serving their rights.”

      If only more people would wake up and realize that they also might one day be victimised by this excuse for a government we could achieve a result.

  5. Terry Davies

    have advocated a vote of no confidence and imprisonment for some cabinet ministers.
    This corrupt uncaring attitude extends to local government and its worse since franchises and salaried mayors have been installed in our local councils. the whistle blowing legislation is not sufficient to disclose corrupt practices.

  6. casalealex

    For all those professed “Christians’ MPs etc….

    LUKE 12:2-3 

    For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, 
nor hidden that will not be known.

    Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be
heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear
in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

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