Let’s find out the facts about people who have died under benefit sanction

“Dear DWP…

“I am writing to request information regarding people on benefit and under sanction. If the information is available, please indicate where I may find it. If the information is not currently available to the public, please consider this a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

“Is it possible to see month-by-month details (from May 2010 onwards, where applicable) of the number of people on Jobseekers’ Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit (until it was discontinued), Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment, satisfying the following criteria:

  • The total number of people on the individual benefits in each month?
  • The number who have died during each month?
  • The number under sanction during each month?
  • The number who died while under sanction during each month?

“I shall look forward to your response.”

I sent the above FoI request today (September 10), so we can probably expect the first evasion attempt in early October.

No doubt any answer will be accompanied by a claim that correlation between a sanction and a death does not imply causation.

Perhaps not, but any such correlation does imply that investigation is required to ascertain the exact cause.

So, depending on the reply, you can tell what my next step will be.


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13 thoughts on “Let’s find out the facts about people who have died under benefit sanction

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    we sorry we do not keep records of deaths by our hands we bury the evidence so no one can see it oh dear

  2. Justin

    They also state that any hcp that does not make the grade is not allowed to practice,really, so why are they still assessing and why are there very little cases going to professional level,with the amount of incompetent assessments and incompetent decision made, there clearly is a issue here

      1. katythenightowl

        Yes, we mustn’t expect these MPs who are, after all, public servants, who are paid a huge annual wage, despite the austerity that is killing people every day, and who are allowed more in expenses in a year than most people can claim in their lives – all paid for out of our taxes – to actually do that dirty word ‘work’ for their money, must we? 🙁

  3. helenmaddock33

    Well done and thank you on behalf of all of those left so exhausted by the continual pogrom on those both disabled and on benefits, I can barely raise an email so hats off to you for another FOI request. Too many slippery people not playing by their own rules are in positions of little accountability.

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