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DWP Publishes Death Statistics: 80 Average a Month Die After Being Declared “Fit for Work”.

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Iain Duncan Smith, still “Fit for DWP Work”.

The Department for Work and Pensions has admitted defeat in its attempt to hide the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011 – and has announced that the number who died between January that year and February 2014 is a shocking 91,740.

This represents an increase to an average of 99 deaths per day or 692 per week, between the start of December 2011 and the end of February 2014 – compared with 32 deaths per day/222 per week between January and November 2011.

The DWP has strenuously asserted that “any causal effect between benefits and mortality cannot be assumed from these statistics”.

Read more on Vox Political.

The Guardian reports:

Thousands have died after being found fit for work, DWP figures show

Campaigners demand welfare overhaul after statistics reveal 2,380 people died between 2011 and 2014 shortly after being declared able to work.

More than 80 people a month are dying shortly after being declared “fit for work” according to new data, prompting campaigners to call for an overhaul of the government’s controversial welfare regime.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions on Thursday show that 2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 shortly after a work capability assessment (WCA) found they were able to work.

The administration of the WCA by officials has been widely criticised as crude and inaccurate by campaigners. There have been hundreds of thousands of appeals of fit-for-work decisions over the last few years, about four in 10 of which have succeeded.

But there was widespread acceptance that the data should be treated with caution. Because the cause of death was not recorded, it is impossible to show whether a death was linked to an incorrect assessment.

Of this number, 2,380 – or 4% – had received a decision that they were fit for work, meaning that they were at risk of losing their ESA benefit.

Of the 50,580, 7,200 claimants had died after being awarded ESA and being placed in the work-related activity group – a category which aims to identify claimants who are unfit to work but may be able to return to work in the future.

Tom Pollard, policy and campaigns manager at mental health charity Mind, said: “We’re not able to comment on these specific statistics as they only tell us the number of people who have died while on employment and support allowance [ESA], not the circumstances or details of these deaths.

“Nevertheless, we do have serious concerns about the benefit system, particularly for those with mental health problems currently being supported by ESA.

“The assessment used to decide who is eligible for ESA does not properly take account of the impact having a mental health problem can have on someone’s ability to work. As a result, many people don’t get the outcome that’s right for them, and have to go through a lengthy and stressful appeals process.

“We desperately need to see an overhaul of the system, with more tailored specialised support for people with mental health problems and less focus on pressuring people into work and stopping their benefits.”


Official Files:   Mortality Statistics:  Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance.

Additional information on those who have died after claiming Employment and Support Allowance(ESA), Incapacity Benefit (IB) or Severe
Disablement Allowance (SDA).

You can read the report: here.


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  1. And remember, the 91,740 deaths are the ones counted up until February 2014 and don’t include further deaths since.

    Scaled up to the present time using the average daily deaths in the above figures, the 91,740 would be more like 146,000.



    August 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    • Kicking people when they’re down seems an Iain Duncan Smith specialty.

      Andrew Coates

      August 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      • Sadly the government probably are distraught the figures aren’t higher, they’re not saving enough on the benefits bill. Truly I believe that. I’ll just hope one day they”come forIDS and his sidekicks “

        kat rehman

        August 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      • Yes, “too many claimants still exist, so we’ll create more plans which will drive even more people to their deaths”.


        August 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      • Exactly enigma!! The similarities between Ids policies and those of the. Nazi in the second war are all too evident. Now the sick and unemployed are the new Jews…

        kat rehman

        August 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  2. DWP Benefit ‘Death Stats’ Petition Starter Thanks Supporters For ‘Relentless Pursuit Of The Truth’.

    “The woman who started a petition for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release the benefits ‘death stats’ has thanked everyone who signed the petition for their “relentless pursuit of the truth”.

    Maggie Zolobajluk shared a touching message to over 248,000 supporters on the campaign’s Change.org page, reading: “The DWP has finally bowed to public demand and has published the ‘death stats’ in actual numbers as well as “age-standardised mortality rates.

    “I hope that The House of Commons now debates these stats as was requested in The House on July 21st.
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    “I am also hoping an independent public inquiry is opened into all deaths that have occurred after benefits have been stopped, including those who have been sanctioned and those who are left without funds whilst appealing a ‘fit for work’ finding.”


    Andrew Coates

    August 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    • After I had printed off the info on the PDF I showed it to various people and let them know that sanctions, the stopping of benefits etc were also a cause of suicides.

      It’s high time they released the stats, lets see what happens next.


      August 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      • Many people haven’t a clue as to what is happening, their heads are in the clouds,


        August 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  3. All:

    An answer to an FOI request published today: Universal Credit Knowledge Management

    Has anyone posting here actually had 35 hours worth of job search activities included on their Claimant Commitment? I’d like to know.


    jj joop

    August 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    • Yes. I was given 2 Hours a day on UJM for 7 days 14 Hours
      2 Hours DAILY looking at local papers 14 Hours
      2 Hours DAILY of OTHER WEBSITES 14 Hours

      THIS IS 42 HOURS 42 HOURS and DOES NOT INCLUDE other activities such as going to shops notice boards etc. CURRENTLY I AM ON ESA albeit assessment stage


      August 29, 2015 at 7:42 am

      • JIMBO:

        Sounds like you’re work coach is a right jobsworth. I mean, how an earth can you reasonably be expected to look at local papers 2 hours daily? My local paper only comes out once a week. The jobs section takes up about one page. I advised my coach that I was not going to job search on the weekends. She didn’t like it, but what the hell.

        I’m still on JSA. I was supposed to be on UC nearly two years ago but it hasn’t materialised yet.

        jj joop

        August 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

      • Someone else feeling the benefit of the recovery,setting ridiculous requirements is setting someone up to fail.Don’t allow access to Universal Jobmatch,don’t agree to any Voluntary work and watch whats being added to claimant commitment’s and don’t agree to anything that’s impossible or uncomfortable with.comments look to be added with an eye to decision makers and nothing to do with employment.

        UC JJ is only for single people living at home when rolled out,the time its taken and low demand on workload suggests all isn’t quite what some have been saying.


        August 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      • Your on ESA and expected to do 42 hours a week of jobseeking? – That’s appalling!! I didn’t think they could do that?

        kat rehman

        August 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

      • Good Morning Ms Rehman,
        Yes they can. My GP has said that I am fit for work but with amended duties. See my previous post. MY ESA work coach although not being difficult says it should not be too hard for me in finding Work Experience and or Permitted. This is subject to GP Approval and what will happen at the assessment of ESA. I have been waiting for my assessment since April 3rd this year. I have phoned the advice line 3-4 times. They told me that everytime they get a date for my assessment, it keeps getting put back. I asked if it was because of the asthma or my hidden medical condition [Of which they are fully aware], they said the hidden condition. I have been told NOT too hold my breath as the assessment will not be anytime soon. As a consequence my ”Fit Note expires on 30 November. I will be surprised if it is anytime before then. The conditions for ESA are the same as I had on my Jobseekers Commitment / Agreement. As I have said above, once I know more I will post here. Jimbo181922@hushmail.com


        August 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

      • Er

        Jimbo, your Email address is visible?


        August 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

    • I think they’d like us crawling around full time saying, “Giz a Job” “I can do that!”

      Andrew Coates

      August 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

      • Jimbo it’s still appalling!! Whatever happened to being allowed to be sick in peace and recover in your own good time? Well IDS and the tories for starters.
        Hope it turns out good for you x

        kat rehman

        August 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

      • Thank You Ms Rehman xxxx ;0)


        August 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      • Go on, gizza a job! I know you got one. Go on, gizza job! I can do that. Go on, gizza job!

        Yosser Hughes

        September 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

      • *head butt* 😀

        Yosser Hughes

        September 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

  4. OT – Yet another crises. Alarm as teacher shortages and rising pupil numbers puts schools on edge of crisis.

    The coming of age for private tuition.



    August 29, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    • Enigma this is bad enough, and I’m sure my school is no exception but…
      As cutbacks bite, education is suffering, we have in our school which is meant to be mainstream, a higher than average number of severely learning disabled children. I’m all for inclusion. But some of these kids it’s debatable how much they actually benefit from being there. The solution is more teaching assistants but not all the kids are statemented. So no funding. One newly qualified teacher last year had 5 learning disabled kids in her year 1 class
      Councils vary in their attitudes too, our one is basically mean and hates statementing kids which is basically writing them off!
      I had experience of this, arthritis runs in my family and my own daughter has it too, it kills her to write holding a pen, and teachers were forever moaning about her dreadful writing til we got a diagnosis. I had to fight tooth and nail to get her a laptop to do her work on, this was a few years ago now as well things probably got worse.
      Fast forward a few years all these written off kids will be the next generation of vulnerable jobseekers. And cannon fodder for sanctions!

      kat rehman

      August 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

      • And in the very near future there will be millions of people who won’t be able to read or write for their parents won’t be able to afford to pay for their kids education, it will be up to those parents to teach their own kids but will they have time to, when many are forced or bullied onto workfare etc.


        August 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  5. TO JJ JOOP. Thanks. I am in Ipswich. The Ipswich Star is out everyday as is the EADT. The jobs pages are once a week on Wednesday & Thursday. But as we are within the NORWICH – COLCHESTER – BURY ST EDMUNDS – ELY/ MILDENHALL travel to work area, we are expected (!) to also look at the local papers for this area too. As Mr Coates has also said. Some of us are being offered Work Experience for a month at the local JCP. Albeit if you are local in the ”Back Office”. This is also applied if you are on the pre assessment stage of ESA. I am on this. My GP has recommended due to asthma and another condition amended duties. INDOORS. NO LIFTING. NO STANDING. AND DUST FREE ENVIRONMENT! Have too see my ESA Work Coach at Ipswich on the 21st. Been told ”Could be put in the Back Office on the phones”. Will post more here once I know what is happening on this front. BTW this is for KEN TOO> Sorry Ken. Just saw your post! jimbo181922@hushmail.com


    August 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    • GAZZA. Thanks. It was a Techno with the settings. Fixed Now.


      August 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      • It appears there is a ”Browser Error” with this Google Chrome Device In The Public Library. I Will Have Too Use Another Device. I Was Under The Impression Hushmail Was Safe.


        August 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    • Jimbo:

      Whatever the JCP tell you have to do, i.e. “in the back office on phones”: request in writing that they put it in writing. And also ask them to put in writing what the consequences WILL be if you decline to comply. Note I say WILL be, not COULD.

      jj joop

      August 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      • It’s always could, might or maybe with these bastards. Request they spell it out in writing, in PLAIN English.

        jj joop

        August 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      • And Jimbo: they are bastards – all of them.

        You show me a work coach, any work coach, And I’ll show you someone who should be skinned alive and set on fire.

        jj joop

        August 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    • Yea enigma you’re right, talking of parents educating children, the right of single parents claiming out of work benefits to home educate their kids was removed many years ago when they were required to be available for work before their child\ren reached 16

      kat rehman

      August 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

  6. Callous’ Tory Welfare Axe Could Hit 43% Of Disabled Benefit Claimants

    Iain Duncan Smith is facing an investigation by the United Nations, over whether his welfare cuts are a ‘gross’ human rights violation.

    The UN’s special rapoteur on disabled rights, Catalina Aguilar, will visit the UK to determine whether reliable evidence exists of ‘grave and systematic violations’ of human rights.




    August 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  7. This story has been picked up here as well

    UN investigating British Government over human rights abuses caused by IDS welfare reforms

    A leading disability charity says it has been approached by the UN as part of an investigation



    August 31, 2015 at 3:08 am

    • Well we can expect that “leading charity” to be targeted for closure. DWP wouldn’t release the the stats on the amount of people who have died without thinking about the consequences of doing so.


      August 31, 2015 at 7:25 am

    • But Catalina Aguilar will look for reliable evidence of grave and systematic violations’ of human rights. …………


      August 31, 2015 at 7:44 am

    • The mail has its own version

      Now the meddling UN sends lawyer to Britain to probe whether benefits reforms ‘violate the human rights of the disabled’



      August 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      • Of course, now attempting to stop UN getting involved.

        Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger last night described the inquiry as ‘the most absurd and offensive nonsense’. = nonsense.

        He added: ‘We have a proud record in this country for the way we treat disabled people. – sending them to their deaths.

        ‘I am not an expert on disability rights in Costa Rica, but I suspect Miss Devandas Aguilar might be better off focusing her efforts much closer to home. The UN should keep their noses out.’ – obviously.


        August 31, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  8. OT – Burma’s minimum wage pledge welcomed by UK retailers.

    Fashion brands say move to pay workers £1.82 for an eight-hour day will help Burma’s garment industry become ‘thriving economic driver’

    The new regulation means the minimum monthly pay for workers would be about $67 based on a six-day week. Three-quarters of the 123 workers spoken to for the survey, seen by the Guardian, said they were struggling to pay for food, housing and medicine even if they work long hours of overtime. but more than a fifth of the workers Oxfam spoke to were forced to work overtime to meet production targets and many of those said they were not paid for some of their extra work.



    August 31, 2015 at 3:45 pm

  9. Benefit cuts DON’T force people into work – despite what Iain Duncan Smith says



    September 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

  10. Beware agency work zero hrs contract a popular complaint unpaid wages, client took to long to sign time sheet, industrial tribunial fees 180pound the torys have got the working poor in the palm of there hands.
    Roll on the next london riots against corrupt, labour market, corrupt bankers corrupt police force only dealing with petty crimes to obtain merit mark, corrupt probation service allowing prisoners to die in prison.\SHALL I GO ON .

    Tony Montana

    September 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

  11. Wonder how many victims of now-defunct (thank fuck!) A4e (Sheffield ‘facility’) realised they were just across the corridor from BBC Radio Sheffield!

    A4e sucked

    September 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

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