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Labour call for inquiry into benefits deaths

Debbie Abrahams, the shadow disabilities minister, has called for an independent inquiry into the deaths of claimants to be set up, following the recent publication of heavily redacted copies of peer reviews of claimant deaths.

Abrahams told the Independent:

“It’s shocking that the Tories had to be compelled in to publishing the peer reviews of social security claimants who have died and that it took so long in coming.

"Although these peer reviews are heavily redacted so that individuals can’t be identified, our initial analysis suggests that the most vulnerable claimants weren’t given appropriate care and support, reflecting an over-stretched workforce driven by a top-down culture focused on targets. The Government’s priority has been to get claimants ‘off-flow’ with too little regard of the consequences.

“It is clear why the government refused to accept the recommendations from the Select Committee report for an independent inquiry into sanctions and to establish an independent body to review the deaths of social security claimants. They were too worried about the facts it would uncover.”

You can read the full report in the Independent.

Comments  

+1 #3 Oliver 2016-06-02 07:06
This absolute scandal of thousands of people dying in pain, poverty and depression needs a full public enquiry, in parallel with legal action,
Black Triangle http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/, with the help of Scotland’s leading human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, are coordinating the complaint to the police (in Scotland and Northumbria) against Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling and others regarding benefit claimants who died after being declared ‘fit for work’ – could anyone who has information which might help the case please pass it on to them!
+2 #2 soontjen 2016-05-31 00:23
Its disgraceful but no surprise to me that people do pass away
after the last six month's of pip refusal and then tribunal and now esa refusal how affects your physical and mental health with money being stopped what comes with it like no rent being paid , no money coming in for electric gas food ect people cant cope with their illness never mind the added stress which is a killer itself . They ought to be ashamed of themselves for contributing to these deaths
+4 #1 angela 2016-05-24 09:10
Oh no not again more inquirys you can have as many as you like nothing will come of them heard it all be for

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