161008-iain-duncan-smithFor once, Iain Duncan Smith wasn’t refusing to answer questions from Vox Political.

This time he was snubbing John Pring’s excellent Disability News Service, after being involved in an impromptu interview at the Conservative Party Conference.

He tried to give Mr Pring the usual brush-off.

Let’s hope that Police Scotland go through with the idea of prosecuting both Duncan Smith and his former colleague, Chris Grayling, over the deaths that have happened while their policies were in force.

Iain Duncan Smith has denied responsibility for the deaths of people with mental health conditions who took their own lives after being unfairly found fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Duncan Smith was speaking to Disability News Service (DNS) at the Tory party annual conference in Birmingham about his failure to act on a coroner’s written warning in 2010 on the need to address particular safety concerns with the work capability assessment (WCA).

In the unplanned interview, which took place in a busy foyer in Birmingham’s International Conference Centre, the former work and pensions secretary claimed repeatedly that five independent reviews of the WCA commissioned by DWP under his leadership had led to a “much improved system”.

But DNS asked Duncan Smith about a report written by coroner Tom Osborne, who had ruled that the trigger for the suicide of Stephen Carré in January 2010 had been DWP’s rejection of his appeal against being found “fit for work”.

Duncan Smith (pictured shortly after the interview) repeatedly attempted to avoid answering questions on the coroner’s letter, but eventually admitted that he remembered the Stephen Carré case.

He said: “I remember the case and I remember the work we did and we had five reviews so I’m not going to be accused by you of anything.”

Source: Duncan Smith tells DNS: ‘I’m not going to be accused by you’ over mental health deaths


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