Marie Rimmer MP has today secured commitment from the Prime Minister that the Work and Pensions Secretary will no longer be able to withhold information relating to the death of those found to be fit for work following face-to-face assessments.
During Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday 24th June), Marie Rimmer MP raised the matter directly with the Prime Minister and called on him to intervene to ensure the data was released.
On Tuesday 23rd June, Marie Rimmer had pressed Ministers and raised a point of order with the Speaker of the House of Commons regarding the Government’s refusal to follow the instructions of the Information Commissioner to release this data.
Speaking after the exchange, Marie Rimmer MP commented: “I’m delighted to have secured the Prime Minister’s commitment to finally release the data regarding those people who have died having been found to be fit for work following face-to-face assessments.
“The Prime Minister has repeatedly promised a ‘new era of transparency in Government’ and it is time to deliver on this. It is a disgrace that this has taken a petition by 225,000 members of the public and numerous questions from MPs, but I hope we will now have some swift progress on this matter.”