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TOPIC: The DWP is refusing to say which police forces are acting as its spies

The DWP is refusing to say which police forces are acting as its spies 29 Jan 2019 17:29 #13509

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In December 2018, a film released by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) exposed the fact that the police were passing on footage of disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Disability News Service (DNS) followed up the revelations in the video. And Lancashire Police confirmed it “had passed on information” to the DWP. DNS then asked the DWP, via a freedom of information request, how many police forces were effectively spying on protesters. But the DWP refused to answer.
“A year’s worth of footage”

One protester in the film told shadow chancellor John McDonnell:

The police have given the DWP a year’s worth of footage of everybody who’s been up there on benefits.

McDonnell was adamant in his response:

It’s unacceptable. Does this mean disabled people can’t protest? That’s ridiculous…We need to expose this…this idea that just because you’re on disability benefits you can’t actually engage in the rest of society. That’s unacceptable.

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