A government department responsible for disability benefits has effectively admitted that vital documents were not shown to an expert hired to conduct a review. The papers link its controversial ‘fitness to work’ test with deaths of benefit claimants.
The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims it has no information about whether the reviewer was shown copies of peer reviews and two prevention of death reports. Of course, if they had been given to the reviewer, the action would have been noted.
Its “The information is not held” response to a Freedom of Information request, I contend, is an admission of guilt. Those of us who have personal experience of the DWP simply won’t be convinced that it is telling the truth. We see it for what it is, a feeble attempt at a cover-up.
Actions are always recorded but any lack of action isn’t – as there is nothing to note. Therefore, ‘no information’ means the documents were NOT shown to the reviewer. And that is unforgiveable.
The FOI request was submitted by the Disability News Service. Its full story can be read here.
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