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Thousands die after being found fit for work

The release of the employment and support allowance (ESA) death statistics yesterday revealed that 2,380 ESA claimants died within six weeks of being found fit for work between December 2011 and February 2014. The DWP have denied that any link can be made between the decisions and the death of claimants, whist Jeremy Corbyn has called for Iain Duncan Smith to resign.

Figures released by the DWP show that 2,380 ESA claimants died within six weeks of being found capable of work.

The figures also show that 1,340 died after completing an appeal against a decision that they were fit for work.

A further 270 IB/SDA claimants died after being found capable of work and 20 more IB/SDA claimants died after an appeal.

Assuming there is no overlap between these figures, the total number who died after being found fit for work is 4,010

According to the DWP:

"The mortality rate for people who have died while claiming an out-of-work benefit has fallen over a 10-year period. This is in line with the mortality rate for the general working-age population.

"The government continues to support millions of people on benefits with an £80bn working-age welfare safety net in place."

However, Labour party leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has called on IDS to resign:

“He should never have been appointed. Yes, he should resign because these figures are so frightening and so disgusting,” he told a hustings event hosted by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

“I’ve had people with mental health difficulties as well as physical difficulties who are absolutely in despair because they’ve been declared fit for work and are absolutely not.”

Benefits and Work is currently studying the figures the DWP has released and hopes to provide more information about the disturbing trends behind them next week.

We also plan to make further freedom of information requests with the aim of shedding more light on these disturbing statistics.

The full figures can be downloaded from these links:

Mortality statistics: ESA, IB and SDA claimants

Mortality statistics: out-of-work benefit claimants, March 2003 to February 2014

Comments  

#15 Bill24chev 2015-09-17 14:07
Quoting E Thomas:
I thought that the 2,380 deaths were only those who died within two weeks, not six.

We really need to know how many people died within six months of being found "fit for work". This would be significantly higher, and I suspect, extremely shocking. This is why we don't have those figures from the DWP.


Latest ESA stats. show fall of 10000 in a year claimants. I wonder how many of these died either more than two weeks after losing benefit or during theyear when still on benefit.
#14 tintack 2015-09-11 18:52
There was an interesting comment from a Tory MP in the Assisted Dying Bill debate. She said: "we are here to protect the most vulnerable, not legislate to kill them."

Is she unaware of the fact that her government has just been forced to admit that thousands of the most vulnerable have died within a fortnight of being declared fit for work and having their benefits stopped? Or is it OK to legislate to kill the most vulnerable as long as you choose an indirect method of getting rid of them - like, say, using a fraudulent test to find them fit for work when they're plainly not, and using this as an excuse for depriving them of the money they desperately need to keep their heads above water?

It certainly is amazing how Tory MPs get so animated by anything which is classed as a moral issue and are so keen to parade their consciences before the cameras - and yet, when it comes to voting for cuts which will push the most vulnerable into destitution and even an early grave, it turns out that their consciences have been well and truly put back in their box. Isn't consistency marvellous?
#13 E Thomas 2015-09-09 19:46
I thought that the 2,380 deaths were only those who died within two weeks, not six.

We really need to know how many people died within six months of being found "fit for work". This would be significantly higher, and I suspect, extremely shocking. This is why we don't have those figures from the DWP.
+2 #12 angela 2015-09-08 18:51
IDS at it again so we the disabled are not classed as normal this man is offensive, hurtful and ignorant he has no right being in this job
+3 #11 kathy 2015-09-02 10:46
Quote:
Hi
Well its good to know that all these lovely people were found fit for work,clearly this is a cause for celebration! So these nice people go off to somewhere hot to have a nice relaxing holiday. Please could somebody tell me if their holiday insurance would cover medical expenses and repatriation if they claimed for Pre Existing medical conditions? As they have been found 'Fit for Work' what happens about Employers Liability Insurance and 'The Egg Shell Skull' rule.I think there is a big rabbit hopping around this WCA and the Insurance implications. I do have Autism,so I hope I have not insulted anybody
Well said Blackcat. You have presented the bigger picture and implications of people being found 'fit for work' who aren't.
+4 #10 Blackcat 2015-09-01 20:54
Hi
Well its good to know that all these lovely people were found fit for work,clearly this is a cause for celebration! So these nice people go off to somewhere hot to have a nice relaxing holiday. Please could somebody tell me if their holiday insurance would cover medical expenses and repatriation if they claimed for Pre Existing medical conditions? As they have been found 'Fit for Work' what happens about Employers Liability Insurance and 'The Egg Shell Skull' rule.I think there is a big rabbit hopping around this WCA and the Insurance implications. I do have Autism,so I hope I have not insulted anybody
+7 #9 JohnnyT 2015-08-31 23:58
Because the figures have been obfusticated its good to see the UN are at least taking notice that in a supposed tier one nation there is the possibility and i do say possibility that 90 people NINETY are dying unnecessarily and by the direct hand of government....t he figures need sorted out once and for all....if there were 90 british people being killed by terrorists in this country monthly there would be outrage in parliament in the media etc yet it is apparently ok if its disabled people..parliam ent should hang its head in shame for not demanding proper figures in reply to sensible FOI requests and demanding answers yet again from the minister in charge as to why he is misleading everyone. any deaths are a tragedy but it appears these are planned which is appalling.
+10 #8 Bill24chev 2015-08-31 12:12
There is no mention of those claimants who have been sanctioned.

As these unfortunate persons will technically still be in receipt of ESA when the died they are excluded from the statistics.

As Kathy says the stats. show just the tip of a very big Iceberg
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Maybe IDS will become the TITANIC

I think all the media coverage about saying that Jeremy Corbyn is un-electable may be wrong.

Come May 2020 the people of Britain will be so sick of Tory lies and behaviour that a Corbyn shadow cabinet with Marx as Shadow Chancellor, Lenin as Shadow Foreign Secretary and Uncle Joe Stalin as shadow Home Secretary would get elected. :P

bill
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+4 #7 Eli48 2015-08-30 12:33
From 2010 to 2011, 10,600 died. That was the date the DWP stopped recording and publishing the deaths.
+6 #6 kathy 2015-08-30 12:25
The statistics published don't answer the original FOI question put by Mike Sivier There was an excellent interview with him on BBC radio 5 live on 28th August straight after the 11 am. The interviewer poses the question that the figures given for the mortality rates shortly after being declared fit for work could just be the tip of the iceberg. below is an analysis of the figures, which possibly concludes the same, as far as the analysis is able to do so. More smoke and mirrors from the DWP. As far as I know there is still a tribunal hearing pending in early November.
http://lartsocial.org/FFW
+9 #5 micpra55 2015-08-29 19:58
Only Jeremy Corbyn called on IDS to resign:So much for the other labour leader candidates. Tories in disguise.
+10 #4 shimtoan 2015-08-29 09:22
I read the report yesterday morning and did my own calculations from the mess that this paper was.

December 2011 to February 2014 is just over 2 years.

If 4,000 people are dying at a rate of nearly 3 per day after being found fit to work then the situation is worse than anybody thought.

My thoughts before this paper was published was that it'd be 2 or 3 per week so this is 7 times worse than I'd imagined, and 2 to 3 per week isn't exactly palatable.

This should be brought to the attention of the ECHR and those responsible held fully to account
+9 #3 vision 2015-08-29 08:27
They must be held to account in a court and face the consequences.
Pure evil.
+8 #2 Chris 2015-08-28 22:26
There are a lot of claims to what these figures actually are; to date, none agree with my own calculations. I look forward to an accurate summary from Benefit & Work.
+10 #1 b s 2015-08-28 21:18
Filthy lying Tory scum !!!

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