MPs call for immediate release of ‘fit for work’ death statistics

St Helens South and Whiston MP Marie Rimmer has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for the release without further delay of statistics on those who have died after being found fit for work through a face to face assessment.

The motion, supported by other MPs, has been tabled following the continuing failure of the Government to release the statistics and to provide a timetable for their release, despite the Prime Minister giving assurances almost three weeks ago.

 The EDM reads:

That this House notes that on 30 April 2015 the Information Commission took a decision that the Government must disclose the number of incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance claimants who have died since November 2011 until May 2014 within 35 calendar days; acknowledges the petition signed by over 230,000 members of the public calling for this data to be released; further notes that even though the 35 day deadline has passed this data has not been released; has concerns that the data released may be a standardised figure rather than a full picture; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure the release of this data in full and without further delay.

Tabling the motion, Marie Rimmer MP said:

"Almost three weeks ago, the Prime Minister assured me that the Government would release the data regarding the deaths of those found fit for work by face to face assessments. Despite these assurances and my letter to him on the 26th June, there is still no indication of when these statistics will be released.

"I've put this motion forward, supported by fellow MPs, to give our backing to the 235,000 plus people who have signed an online petition calling for the release of the information.

“The Information Commissioner ruled in April that these statistics must be released. It is disgraceful that the Government continues to fail to follow those instructions. I will continue to press for the public’s right to have an answer and disclosure on this important matter.

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