125,000 demand DWP publish benefit death data

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Work and pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith 

​Pressure mounting on DWP to halt appeals process into releasing data on benefit-related deaths in UK 

16th June 2015 by Robert Armour 2 Comments

Over 125,000 people have signed a petition demanding the government release details of benefit-related deaths in the UK.   

The Change.org petition demands that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publish the figures upon the Freedom of Information (FoI) act.

England and Wales’ information commissioner last month told the DWP it was to release the figures.

But since then the government has initiated a potentially lengthy appeals process in a bid to delay releasing the data.  

The petition says: “The Information Commissioner’s Office has said that there is no reason not to publish these figures but Ian Duncan Smith's department - the Department of Work and Pensions - has launched an appeal to prevent the figures being made public.”

I believe the public needs to know the full impact of benefit changes - Maggie Zolobajluk

Maggie Zolobajluk, who posted the petition, said: “I've started this petition to call on the Courts and Tribunal Service to dismiss this appeal and so prevent any further delay by the DWP in publishing these figures.

“For years there have been reports of people committing suicide or dying from ill-health soon after their benefits are stopped. 

“As a partner of someone with a disability I have been through two benefit appeals and have also been a benefit tribunal representation - so I know from personal experience how stressful the system can be and the impact they have on families.

“I believe the public needs to know the full impact of benefit changes.”

In 2012, the DWP published statistics which showed 10,600 people who had been receiving benefits died between January and November 2011.

These figures caused an outcry, although many disabled campaigners disagreed over what the figures actually showed.

Ministers then blocked publication of any updated figures. 

16th June 2015 by Grant Campbell

The pitchforks are coming!

20th June 2015 by Liam Henery

i started a personal war with the dwp regarding the relative ease with which jobcentre employees who get a power kick from sanctioning the benefits of vunerable job seekers , are given licence to inflict benefits sanctions,on the afflicted . i got the 2 worst sanction enforcers removed. unfortunately they will remorf in another jobcentre , and restart their personal campaigns of bullying the weak . i would like to get more involved in the type of campaign your organisation endorses,and would welcome any news of meetings ect.that you may have planned .thanks smile