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Petition calls for publication of ESA death statistics

A petition demanding that the DWP publish employment and support allowance (ESA) death statistics was launched on Change.org yesterday and has so far attracted over 400 signatures.

ESA ‘death statistics’ cover the number of ESA claimants who have died soon after being found fit for work, as well as those who died after being placed in the work-related activity group.

A previous release of ESA death figures caused such controversy that the DWP have since refused to publish updated statistics.

Vox Political blogger and campaigner Mike Sivier recently won his case before the Information Commissioner for the release of updated statistics, but the DWP appealed against the decision at the last minute. The appeals process can be strung out for up to a decade by challenging the decision at ever higher courts.

The petition on Change.org is an attempt to pressure Iain Duncan Smith to withdraw his appeal.

You can sign the petition here.

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Comments  

#9 Jim Allison 2015-06-23 20:20
Quote:
Two Labour MPs asked IDS about this yesterday. Instead of explaining why he is refusing to publish the figures and wasting public money on appeals, we got the usual bluster. Apparently IDS thinks it's disgraceful that this question should even be raised. We had the same nonsense from him during the campaign when he appeared on the welfare debate with Andrew Neil. The Green spokesman pointed out that the DWP has been conducting internal investigations of benefit-related deaths. IDS flatly denied this, even though his own department's civil servants had confirmed it. He's either a pathological liar or completely delusional.
I would say he's both :cry:
+1 #8 tintack 2015-06-23 15:24
Two Labour MPs asked IDS about this yesterday. Instead of explaining why he is refusing to publish the figures and wasting public money on appeals, we got the usual bluster. Apparently IDS thinks it's disgraceful that this question should even be raised. We had the same nonsense from him during the campaign when he appeared on the welfare debate with Andrew Neil. The Green spokesman pointed out that the DWP has been conducting internal investigations of benefit-related deaths. IDS flatly denied this, even though his own department's civil servants had confirmed it. He's either a pathological liar or completely delusional.
#7 tintack 2015-06-18 17:41
Quoting Toadlet:
I was going to sign this but am concerned about my benefits being targeted . I'm probably going to lose them anyway soon but don't want to ask for trouble even sooner.

Any opinions? It's the kind of nasty thing I'd expect now and since I have, amongst other things, M.E. which is difficult to 'prove' I'm dubious about doing this. I wouldn't usually let something like this stop me, but the mortgage and bills must be paid!! So we have entered an age when fear is preventing us expressing our free speech.


I'd go ahead and sign it. I doubt very much it would have any negative consequences, and in any case, frightening us into silence is exactly what the DWP would love to see happen.

Things like this petition are one of the few ways we have of getting our message across, and the more people sign, the higher the chance of this story being picked up by the more sympathetic parts of the media. The Mirror has already covered it. It's just passed 200,000 signatures, which I must admit is a lot more than I thought it would get.
#6 Toadlet 2015-06-18 16:03
I was going to sign this but am concerned about my benefits being targeted . I'm probably going to lose them anyway soon but don't want to ask for trouble even sooner.

Any opinions? It's the kind of nasty thing I'd expect now and since I have, amongst other things, M.E. which is difficult to 'prove' I'm dubious about doing this. I wouldn't usually let something like this stop me, but the mortgage and bills must be paid!! So we have entered an age when fear is preventing us expressing our free speech.
+2 #5 naheegan 2015-06-06 14:37
Also signed and passed on the link to others who are very willing to support this and want to see the stats published.

I agree that the Information Commissioner's decision must be upheld, and publishing these figures is not optional. I am hoping that the courts will throw out any appeal on the basis that the IC's decision. I am also hoping for commentary from the courts regards how wasteful of public money this tactic is.

As far as the rising costs to the public taxpayers this is an irresponsible waste of public money,and this latest 'appeal' is just one in a series of legal nets that DWP has used to delay and obstruct what the courts have ordered them to do and they must comply.
+2 #4 Jim Allison 2015-06-05 20:18
Signed it already. IDS must comply with the Information Commissioners Decision.

Not sure what penalties they can impose, but suggest 5 years in the Tower of London living on the minimum wage :D and bread & water !!
+4 #3 tazman 2015-06-05 10:48
This is our chance to start making people aware of what is happening! Please, everyone get this to as many people as you can. At least those with open minds and not brainwashed by propaganda.
+3 #2 shimtoan 2015-06-04 15:10
signed
+4 #1 angusrobertson 2015-06-04 14:10
Signed. Many of the most vulnerable in our society are being forced into an intolerable corner by these cuts.

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