DWP destroyed reports linking benefit sanctions and cuts with suicide

I have so much to say at the moment, but I am not in a position to share what is going on with you. This is for a variety of reasons, but fear not you will be the first to know what is happening once I am in a position to tell all.

For now, please enjoy the following post by the prolific Kitty S Jones from her entertaining, Politics and Insights blog.

Politics and Insights

errolErrol Graham, who starved to death in 2018, following his social security support being cancelled by the Department for Work and Pensions. He left a heartbreaking letter which described his circumstances leading up to his death. His family found the letter after he died, weighing less than five stone.

Department for Work and pensions (DWP) officials have admitted that up to 50 reviews into deaths following harsh social security cuts and sanctions have been destroyed.

The government has been accused of a ‘cover-up’ after destroying the reports which link suicides to sanctions and peoples’ benefits being stopped. Around 50 reviews into deaths following the loss of social security payments before 2015 have been shredded, officials have blamed data protection laws. 

However, the data watchdog has said there was absolutely no requirement to destroy the reports by any particular date and that a “public interest” exemption could have been used.

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