Update on DWP figures: The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted defeat.Posted: August 27, 2015
The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted defeat in its attempt to hide the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011 – and has announced that the number who died between January that year and February 2014 is a shocking 91,740.
- 7,540 deaths while claims were being assessed, bringing the known total to 9,740.
- 7,200 deaths in the work-related activity group, bringing the known total to 8,500.
- 32,530 deaths in the support group, bringing the known total to 39,630.
- And 3,320 deaths in which the claimant was not in receipt of any benefit payment and is therefore marked as “unknown”.
The serious questions must now be asked about the way incapacity benefits are being administered by the Department for Work and Pensions under Iain Duncan Smith.
The DWP has claimed that it does not hold any information on the reasons for death, so “no causal effect” with changes in claimants’ benefits and mortality can be assumed from their statistics.
Labour shadow minister for work and pensions Kate Green slapped him down, noting that ministers have been “trying to suppress these statistics for more than three years.”The department even went so far as to appeal a ruling by the Information Commissioner that it was acting unreasonably in refusing to release the information.