DNS to ask tribunal to force DWP to publish secret benefit deaths information | DisabledGo News and Blog


Disability News Service (DNS) will this week ask a tribunal to require the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish information about secret reviews it carried out into the deaths of 49 benefit claimants. DNS has been trying since August 2014 to find out what actions ministers took in the wake of deaths linked to the employment and support allowance (ESA) claim process, and the refusal or removal of ESA and other benefits. DWP originally insisted that it held no such information, a claim made both by civil servants and the former minister for disabled people, Mark Harper. But after Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat ministerial colleague of Harper, contradicted his claim in October 2014, their department was forced to admit that it did carry out what it called “peer reviews” into benefit-related deaths. Following a request submitted by DNS under the Freedom of Information Act, DWP finally admitted that it had carried out 49 such reviews between February 2012 and autumn 2014. But

Source: DNS to ask tribunal to force DWP to publish secret benefit deaths information | DisabledGo News and Blog

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