Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Heartless Iain Duncan Smith Misled Public Over Benefit Deaths

‘Heartless’ Iain Duncan Smith misled the public over the number of benefit-related deaths caused by suicide, says the Green Party.

The Tory Work and Pensions Secretary told BBC Daily Politics that he had no knowledge of the number of benefit claimant deaths shown to be caused by suicide, despite evidence uncovered by Disability News Service (DNS) revealing that the DWP has secretly reviewed 49 benefit-related deaths since 2012.

Commenting on the exposure by the DNS, Jonathan Bartley, Green Party Spokesperson for Work and Pensions, said: “It is utterly shameful for Iain Duncan Smith to have misled the public and the families of those affected by these tragic deaths.

“It’s not enough that his Department appears to have sat on research revealing the immense damage his welfare policies are causing to families up and down the country.

“To deny all knowledge of the reports is heartless and blinkered – hardly the kind of approach we want the person in charge of national welfare to be taking...