Monday, 28 April 2014

Case proven? Government stays away from benefit deaths tribunal

The Information Commissioner’s Office and the Department for
Work and Pensions have highlighted the weakness of their own case for
hiding the number of people who have died while claiming sickness and
disability benefits – by failing to turn up at a tribunal on the

They had the opportunity to explain why mortality statistics for
people claiming Employment and Support Allowance since November 2011
have been suppressed, at a tribunal in the Law Courts, Cardiff,
yesterday (April 23).

But, rather than be grilled on the reasons for their decision by a
judge, a specialist in this area of law, and a ‘lay’ person
(representing the opinions of right-thinking members of the public),
they chose to stay away.

Case proven? Government stays away from benefit deaths tribunal
Pamela is a former accountant, recovering journalist and international cat herder, disabled and chronically sick with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia and Cervical spondylosis, fluent in three languages; English, Spanish and Rubbish. Mostly writes in the latter. She likes Genealogy, Model Railways and Cats.

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