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MP Debbie Abrahams fires both barrels at DWP

Post by Tobias » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:06 am

MP accuses DWP of 'incompetence or cover-up' over benefit claimants' deaths

Debbie Abrahams blasted 'missing documents' in a row over people who died after being subject to a fit-for-work test

A Labour MP has accused the government of "incompetence or cover-up" over the way it handled benefit claimants' deaths.

Debbie Abrahams attacked the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over claims it kept key documents "hidden" from reviews into fit-for-work tests.

Dr Paul Litchfield led two independent reviews into the so-called Work Capability Assessment in 2013 and 2014.

But this year the Disability News Service reported that two letters from coroners - along with several 'peer reviews' after claimants' deaths - were not given to Dr Litchfield's team at the time.

Ms Abrahams wrote to ministers two months ago demanding to know if the DNS' report was correct.

The DWP finally replied this week - but said it was too late to know for sure and documents may have been destroyed.

In a letter to the campaigning MP, DWP minister Justin Tomlinson said the government "shared all relevant information which was requested" by the review team.

But he said it was up to the reviewers, not the DWP, to decide what documents they wanted to request.

He added: "The [DWP] would therefore not routinely share private information on claimant cases."

Ms Abrahams blasted the reply, telling MPs: "We're talking about the circumstances of people's deaths about five years ago.

"To tell me these documents can't be found smacks at least of incompetence and at worst of a cover-up."

Raising a point of order in the House of Commons, Ms Abrahams said the DWP must ensure it "keeps proper records and reports" and investigate the "missing documents".

She also demanded an "in dependent inquiry into all deaths linked to the government's social security reforms."

Deputy Commons Speaker Eleanor Laing said it was an "extremely important matter" - "one literally of life and death".

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Re: MP Debbie Abrahams fires both barrels at DWP

Post by jeff3 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:13 pm

hmmm 250000or so dead yet on the farce goes while they hide away evidence loose it burn delate it just like in history but aktion t4 rolling without much of a ado come to think of it did she vote for that 50 or so pound cut in esa or not hmmmm

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