“THEY ARE LYING THROUGH THEIR BACK TEETH WITH WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO GEORGINA – AND THEY WON’T EVEN APOLOGISE.”
Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that during the period December 2011 and February 2014 2,380 people died after their claim for employment and support allowance (ESA) ended because a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were found fit for work.
In the same period, the Tories gave out over £140,000,000 in bonuses to senior DWP staff.
Ministers insisted that the data could not be used to link claimant deaths to its welfare reforms, but the figures focused attention on the government’s fit-for-work assessment process, which has been dogged by controversy in recent years.
Anita Bellows, researcher with campaign group Disabled People Against the Cuts, said her organisation was “very worried by the number of people who died within two weeks of being found fit for work”.
The mortality data was compiled in response to freedom of information requests, and was released by the department only following a ruling by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
“THE DWP WANT HER (GEORGINA, 26) TO GO FOR A WORK ASSESSMENT – BECAUSE SHE’S “FIT FOR WORK” (SARCASTICALLY)AS YOU CAN SEE.
THEY SENT HER A P45 SAYING SHE WAS FIT FOR WORK. THEY STILL WON’T ACCEPT THAT GEORGINA’S DISABILITIES ARE THAT SEVERE. I THINK IT’S DOWNRIGHT DISGRACEFUL.”
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