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Green Party Calls On IDS To Apologise For Misleading Public Over Claimant Deaths

May 6, 2015

The Green Party has requested that Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, issue a formal apology for misleading the public after he denied knowledge of the number of benefit claimant deaths shown to be caused by suicide.

Contrary to Mr. Smith’s statement, issued whilst taking part in a BBC Daily Politics debate on Welfare, research by the Disability News Service (DNS) has found that the Department for Work and Pensions has withheld research showing that over 40 benefit claimant deaths since 2012 have been linked to suicide.

Commenting on the exposure by the DNS, Jonathan Bartley, Green Party Spokesperson for Work and Pensions, said:

“It is utterly shameful for Iain Duncan Smith to have misled the public and the families of those affected by these tragic deaths. It’s not enough that his Department appears to have sat on research revealing the immense damage his welfare policies are causing to families up and down the country. To deny all knowledge of the reports is heartless and blinkered – hardly the kind of approach we want the person in charge of national welfare to be taking.

“On behalf of the Green Party I’m requesting that Mr. Smith issue a formal apology for his misleading of the public and that the research discovered by the DNS be made publicly available on the website of the Department for Work and Pensions. Understanding the impact of government policies is essential in helping us improve and inform future government decisions so that we can ensure they are working in the best interests of the public. That is exactly why it needs to be shared publicly and in an open and democratic manner.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. l8in permalink
    May 6, 2015 10:16 am

    Reblogged this on L8in.

  2. May 6, 2015 12:08 pm

    IDS could stand trial at a later date by the overseeing of a government policy which led to the negligent deaths of many sick and disabled people without intervening as to why this was happening

    It would be like the ward sister in a hospital who every week was losing a patient to death in a miner procedure and kept her mouth shut instead of changeling the surgeon concerned into why so many of his/her patients were dying on the table or shortly after woods

    IDS is only the main ring leader in the welfare reform cuts and deaths of the sick and disabled there are many more behind the scenes that are and have been responsible for so many deaths over the past 5 years

    As a country the public may never get to know of the true cost as to what has happened to the sick and disabled and it will take many decades as to get to the bottom of how the deaths of the sick and disabled got out of hand while the press kept there mouths well and truly shut

    It is just yesterday for the first time in print that the mirror printed the horror story of what has been going on over the past 5 years of this conservative government

    Remember those killed by Tory austerity when you cast your vote on Thursday

  3. May 6, 2015 12:32 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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