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Government objects to publishing how many claimants have died after being found fit for work

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3329 (Published 18 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3329
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The government has launched an appeal to overturn a ruling from the Information Commissioner’s Office that it should publish figures showing how many people claiming incapacity benefit payments have died after being found fit for work.

The commissioner’s ruling1 found no “convincing evidence” for a delay in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishing the figures, which were requested under the Freedom of Information Act in 2014 by Mike Sivier, a political campaigner.

The DWP last published such figures in 2012, which showed that 10 600 people who were taken off incapacity benefit and its successor, employment and support allowance, died from January to November 2011. That represented about 1% of those who were receiving the allowance in November 2011. …

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