Yes, Iain Duncan Smith – Vox Political HAS accused you of ‘outrageous action’. PROVE US WRONG

Iain Duncan Smith can’t prove us wrong. He deliberately refuses to collect the statistics that would confirm his claims – or ours. Instead, he has claimed that This Blog (and presumably others) has accused him of “outrageous action”, without providing a scrap of evidence against the allegation. This Writer is delighted that the Gentleman Ranker has tried to defend himself. I am currently working on a book covering this subject and his words may provide an excellent introduction. The man we like to call RTU (Return To Unit – a…

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Freedom of Information Act consultation a ‘full frontal attack’, says actor Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen is another celebrity who is a hero of Vox Political. He supported This Writer’s Freedom of Information request on the DWP deaths and now he is supporting our right to know. We need more high-profile people speaking out against the Conservative Government’s plans, but for now, let’s all be grateful for Mr Sheen and his words. The independent Commission on Freedom of Information launched a call for evidence on the government’s proposals to restrict freedom of information requests, on October 9. You may not have heard of it because…

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Government knew about rise in mental illness long before this week’s study – but won’t talk about it

Yesterday (Wednesday), This Writer learned two new things about the new university study that has found 590 people committed suicide between 2010-13 after taking work capability assessments (actually, one was a reminder of something I’d forgotten): The study found that, for every 10,000 people undergoing a work capability assessment for sickness or disability benefits in those years, 7,020 were prescribed anti-depressant drugs afterwards, 2,700 reported to their GPs with mental health issues, and six committed suicide. The reminder came from a Vox Political commenter and was that the DWP already…

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590 suicides: DWP denial is wrong – or an attempt to hide the facts

Nobody should have been surprised by the Department for Work and Pensions’ response to the revelation that suicide and mental illness soared in roughly equal measure to the amount of work capability assessments taking place, between 2010 and 2013. As predicted on This Blog yesterday evening, a spokesperson said: “The authors themselves caution that no conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.” But this is interesting: “It is concerning that they provide no evidence that the people with mental health problems highlighted in the report even underwent a Work…

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Sickness benefit medical test caused massive increase in mental illness, research shows

New research has indicated that the work capability assessment – used by the government to decide whether a claimant should receive incapacity or disability benefits – may be causing mental illness among its patients. The finding that the process is potentially harming its recipients has raised “major ethical issues” for all those involved, according to the report’s authors. The research by Oxford University and Liverpool University shows that more than two-thirds of claimants who took the fake ‘medical’ test between 2010 and 2013 – 7,020 out of every 10,000 – received…

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Trial date for Cameron aide who allegedly made indecent images of children

Thanks to knowledgeable Vox Political readers, it is now possible to state that the trial of Patrick Rock will begin on May 31, 2016, following a pre-trial hearing on February 27. Here are the details: Judge Alistair McCreath, sitting at Southwark crown court, granted Patrick Rock bail until trial date in May. Rock was originally charged back in June 2014 with three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child in August 2013. He was also charged with possession of 59 indecent images of children. Mr Rock was one…

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Does anybody know the result of the Cameron aide child abuse court appearance?

Sometimes things get lost in the rush – especially if they’re hushed up. So Patrick Rock, the former aide of David Cameron who had to resign after being arrested and charged with possessing imagery of children being abused, appeared before a judge at Southwark Crown Court on October 16. This Blog warned last month that the case would fade into obscurity again unless somebody attended that court on the day and was able to publicise the date to which it was adjourned. Obviously This Writer could not attend as Southwark…

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Court appearance for Cameron aide on child abuse charges

At long last, Patrick Rock – the former deputy head of 10 Downing Street’s policy unit and aide to David Cameron – is to appear on court to answer charges that he possessed imagery of children being abused. He will appear at Southwark Crown Court for legal argument on October 16 – more than 20 months after his original arrest. This information was obtained by a member of the public, in spite of protracted attempts by the Cabinet Office to claim that it had no information about what was going…

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DWP’s death figures aren’t adding up

It seems clear that the new ‘statistical releases’ from the Department for Work and Pensions aren’t worth the immense amount of time they took to prepare – other than as tools for confusion and corruption. In the three days since they have been released, there has been confusion in the media about their interpretation, and dissent in the social media about how they may be used. Meanwhile, the DWP has withdrawn its appeal against my Freedom of Information request, claiming that it has provided all the facts I wanted. Iain…

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Unrepentant IDS will persecute the sick no matter what the death statistics say

The publication of the DWP’s damped-down death statistics (we’ll be given ratios because the actual number of deaths is too inflammatory, we’re told) will be a victory for those of us who have campaigned for the facts, no matter what they actually say. If you didn’t know already, the DWP only announced that it would publish these figures on Thursday (August 27) after This Writer supplied his submission to the Information Tribunal on the DWP’s appeal against providing the actual numbers – a submission which included a request to have the…

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