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TOPIC: The DWP has been forced to admit people are dying under Universal Credit

The DWP has been forced to admit people are dying under Universal Credit 21 Sep 2018 13:54 #10250

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to reveal it’s already investigating deaths under Universal Credit. But it only released the “secret” files due to a Freedom of Information request (FOI).
The DWP: more damning revelations

When a claimant dies or takes their own life, the DWP has to review its involvement. This is called an “internal process review” [IPR], or “peer review“. As FullFact reported, often it only reveals the reviews via FOIs. They have been dogged by controversy; Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley at one point likened the DWP’s actions to a “cover-up”.

But now, Disability News Service (DNS) has forced the DWP to reveal the number of IPRs it has carried out. The reviews make for damning reading; you can read DNS’ two reports here and here.
“Overtly threatening”

As John Pring of DNS reported, between April 2016 and June 2018, the DWP carried out 33 IPRs into claimant deaths; up from nine between October 2014 and January 2016. This means that since February 2012 it has reviewed at least 91 claimant deaths. But most notably, the DWP has had to review the deaths of four claimants who were on Universal Credit.

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