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Benefits and Poverty Poster with Iain Duncan Smith' in a prison outfit and the word 'guilty'
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Government ministers failed to show secret reports into the deaths of benefit claimants to the independent expert they commissioned to review their much-criticised “fitness for work” assessment, new evidence suggests. A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) response to a Disability News Service (DNS) freedom of information request shows that seven of its secret
Benefits and Poverty Entrance to DWP's Caxton House HQ
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, despite finally admitting that seven of them relate to people who took their own lives. DWP only released the information after Disability News Service (DNS) lodged a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Benefits and Poverty A wheelchair-user sits in front of a stage, while the grass is covered by white flowers
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After 21 months of smokescreens excuses, obstruction and secrecy, work and pensions ministers have finally been forced to publish some of the conclusions reached by their own civil servants about the mistakes that led to 49 benefit claimants losing their lives. Predictably, when the department finally posted 49 heavily-redacted documents online – and also
Benefits and Poverty Lord Freud speaking in the House of Lords
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Civil servants have refused to release information that would show how many secret reviews the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out into benefit-related suicides in the last 15 months. The refusal emerged in a response to a freedom of information (FoI) request that revealed there have been a further nine “peer
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