Welfare Reform Deaths Scandal ! Michael Moulding October 17, 2012 Politics 993 Comments Community Action Party sources have sensationally revealed that they hold evidence that the governments welfare reform agenda is contributing to the death of 73 people per week. They say a Freedom of Information request supplied by the Department for Work & Pensions provides statistics in relation to the deaths of benefit claimants which has resulted in their claim being stopped as a result of death, within a few short weeks of being taken off long-term Incapacity Benefits and found able under the governments Work Capability Assessment to be placed in work-related activity groups. The Freedom of Information response from the Department for Work & Pensions dated 9th July 2012 entitled “Incapacity Benefits: Deaths of Recipients” has provided the following information :- “Information request: Can you also, for 2010 and 2011, give me a separate figure for those previously on Incapacity Benefit who were re-assessed and awarded Employment and Support Allowance and have died? Please break that figure down into the following categories: Those who were found fit to work Those who were placed in the work related activity group Those who where placed in the support group Those who have an appeal pending Table 2, on the next page, provides data on the numbers of incapacity benefits claimants reassessed for ESA where the claim ended and the Department holds information on a date of death being recorded. It covers all cases where a date of death is given, whether or not the cause of death is related to the health issues leading to the incapacity benefit award. The table shows claims ending between October 2010, when the reassessment process started in the trial areas, and November 2011, the latest data available. In total, between October 2010 and November 2011, some 310 claims ended and a date of death was recorded within six weeks of the claim end. This represents less than 3% of all death recorded for ESA claims over the same period. The table below shows the position of these claims when they were closed. It would be expected that the mortality rate amongst those on incapacity benefits recipients would be higher than that in the general population as some people receive incapacity benefits due to life-threatening conditions or terminal illness. Those in the Support Group receive unconditional support due to the nature of their illness, which can include degenerative conditions, terminal illness and severe disability. Note it is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then subsequently died, meaning that these figures may overestimate the true picture. Care should therefore be taken when interpreting these figures. Incapacity Benefits: Deaths of recipients Table 2: Previous incapacity benefits claimants leaving ESA between October 2010 and November 2011 with a recorded date of death, Great Britain. Reassessment outcome Number of claimants leaving ESA with a recorded date of death Work Related Activity Group - 80 Support Group - 230 Total = 310 Source: The figures are derived from administrative data held by the Department for Work and Pensions and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare. Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Incapacity benefits claimants are assessed through the WCA process to determine their capability for work and eligibility for ESA whilst still on their current benefit (i.e. IB, SDA and/or IS). If an incapacity benefits claimant is found fit for work their IB, SDA and/or IS claim closes. Data on the number of incapacity benefits claimants that have died following a fit for work decision is not available, as the Department does not hold information on a death if the person has already left benefit. The Department does not hold information on the number of claimants who died whilst an appeal was in progress.” “Information request: Can you please provide me with the number of ESA claimants who have died in 2011? Can you please break down that number into the following categories: Those who are in the assessment phase Those who have been found fit to work Those who have been placed in the work related activity group Those who have been placed in the support group Those who have an appeal pending Table 3, on the next page, provides data on the numbers of ESA claimants where the Department holds information on a date of death being recorded in 2011 and whose latest WCA date (or activity towards assessment) was before the end of November 2011, the latest data available. Incapacity Benefits: Deaths of recipients In total, between January 2011 and November 2011, some 10,600 claims ended and a date of death was recorded within six weeks of the claim end. This represents about 1% of the total ESA caseload in November 2011, the latest caseload data available. The table below shows the position of these claims when they were closed. Those in the Support Group receive unconditional support due to the nature of their illness, which can include degenerative conditions, terminal illness and severe disability. Note it is possible that the claimant had already closed their claim and then subsequently died, meaning that these figures may overestimate the true picture. Care should therefore be taken when interpreting these figures. Table 3: Claimants leaving ESA between January and November 2011 with a recorded date of death, Great Britain. WCA Outcome at most recent assessment Number of claimants leaving ESA with a recorded date of death Assessment not complete 2,200 Work Related Activity Group 1,300 Support Group 7,100 Total 10,600 Source: The figures are derived from administrative data held by the Department for Work and Pensions and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare. Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 100. Data on the number of ESA claimants that have died following a fit for work decision is not available, as the Department does not hold information on a death if the person has already left benefit. The Department does not hold information on the number of claimants who died whilst an appeal was in progress. Department for Work and Pensions July 2012″ END Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader of the Community Action Party has submitted an online petition on HM Government website opposing the abolition of Disability Living Allowance which now has several thousand signatures. Peter Franzen, Leader of the Community Action Party (pictured above) in Greater Manchester and whose party has managed to obtain the Freedom of Information request disclosure says “There can be no doubt that the draconian cuts in public services, jobs and welfare benefits imposed by the Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition has significantly contributed to an increase in stress, depression, deteriorating health and premature death amongst large numbers of the British population.” “Responsibility for this must be placed on the ex-public school boy £millionaires who infest the corridors of power. “The Community Action Party have traditionally supported the disabled, the disadvantaged and the oppressed and will continue to do so.” To sign the online petition opposing the abolition of Disability Living Allowance – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38182 To follow this and other campaigns by the Community Action Party – http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/COMMUNITYACTIONPTY 993 Responses Paul Sheppard October 17, 2012 Despicable. This outrageous contempt by the government for those they are supposed to support and protect has to stop. Signed Log in to Reply Catherine Mc October 17, 2012 this government is like the death squid for the disabled get rid of all disabled and they will cut the welfare benefits and this will get rid of debit of the country. Log in to Reply Bill Hill October 18, 2012 Danny Alexander , yesterday said that Scotland could not support the aging population if it was independent. It won't have to their coalition is sure, eventually to come up with the Ultimate Solution. Log in to Reply Yvonne De Carlo October 18, 2012 A violation of Disabled Persons' Human Rights. Log in to Reply Theresa Pullen October 18, 2012 This is unreal they can't get away with this it is so unfair Log in to Reply Jackie McLeod October 18, 2012 How can 2 parties that did not receive a mandate from the electorate impose such draconian measures and get away with it? The worse is yet to come as there are future cuts to come and you can be sure that they are not going to go chasing after the tax avoiders despite the rhetoric Cameron sprouts or tax their mates proportionally so there is equity in tax amongst the population. Well they had to find the money to fund the last tax cut from somewhere and why not pick on the one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Shame on you SHAME…. Log in to Reply Alvin Adey October 18, 2012 I was on IB due to Mental illness. Atos called me for an assessment, but 2 days before it they cancelled, saying that my GP had given them enough information to assess me. I was considered fit, although they said that I had over 15 pointsi n my assessment, and was subsequently put in the Support group. I discovered that my ESA would be stopped after 12 months, as I had a pension. However I had underlying right to Carers allowance, which I could not get because I was on IB. So I decided to drop my claim for ESA and started to claim Carers allowance. I still have to buy my own medication, as I had to do on IB, but it keeps them off my back, as I will no longer have to be assessed. Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 18, 2012 Don't bother trying to sign the government petition. The CAPTHCA display is so remarkably illegible, and the electronically synthesized audio version of it so exceptionally and astoundingly poor, that unless you are prepared to set aside quarter of an hour trying and trying again, you're wasting your time. There are safes that are easier to crack; and I am receiving complaints from friends who are eager to be heard but have simply given up. This is also extremely discriminatory against any disabled person who has even a marginal difficulty with his hearing or sight. What a surprise! Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 18, 2012 If you think I've been overstating the case about Disability Living Allowance: here is independent confirmation (from the The Children's Society, Citizens Advice and Disability Rights UK) that disabled people are being killed as they try to claim their welfare needs and rights. Log in to Reply Yvonne De Carlo October 19, 2012 Hitler couldn't have done it better Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 19, 2012 Quite. Recently I was reading an article about Neanderthal people. Archaeologists have found the skulls of Neaderthals who had been profoundly brain damaged at birth, yet who lived long into adulthood. In other words: they were tended for, they were looked after, by their community. Interesting that David Cameron and Iain Duncan-Smith lack the humanity of a Neanderthal man. Log in to Reply Yvonne De Carlo October 19, 2012 http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/human-rights/the-human-rights-act/what-the-rights-mean/article-3-no-tortu Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 19, 2012 Hi Yvonne – I was eager to click on your link but it's coming up with "Page not found"…? Log in to Reply Yvonne De Carlo October 19, 2012 Yes I did notice and circumstances beyond my control. But if you google "Liberty human rights "you will get theirhome page. Click on "about human rights" and take it from there Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 19, 2012 Thanks! Log in to Reply Yvonne De Carlo October 19, 2012 Got loads of stuff saved to my files on all this shite that's going on. Some call me a conspiracy theorist. I take that as a compilment. And no coincidence that this Gov have been trying to opt out of the aforesaid since 2010. Links to follow Log in to Reply Stephen Jackson October 21, 2012 …Nice to see that David Cameron, and Cameron alone, was given the freedom not to reveal to the Leveson Inquiry his numerous and capacious emails to Rebekah Brooks, the Rupert Murdoch acolyte and power-broker at News International. As some of Cameron's cronies would doubtless chirp, when it comes to their victims out in the Big Society, "The Innocent have nothing to hide." Log in to Reply Karta Kaur October 18, 2012 Methinks that the Cameron government has found a way of really saving money…. kick and bump off those weakest in our society and… hey… presto…. some money is saved all round (medical care included). Log in to Reply Lesley Whiting October 19, 2012 The reforms are despicable. I have secondary breast cancer (which is terminal), and was awarded DLA for three years, under DS1500 rules (if a doctor thinks you have less than six months to live they fast track the claim). However, due to the excellent care I have received from the NHS, I have survived for three years. Consequently, next year, I will have to make another claim, and know I will almost certainly be turned down, because although still terminally ill, and have three secondary tumours in my skull, three in my spine, and several in the mediastinum surrounding my lung (one of which is pressing on my descending aorta), I can, at the moment manage to walk for 100 metres. The most sick and vulnerable people are being made to pay for the gambling habits of rich and greedy bankers and financiers, and for the most part, the general public are allowing thhis to happen. Log in to Reply Ziby Philips October 21, 2012 We need reform, Yes. But the way the reforms are shaping up is RIDICULOUS. THE GOVERNMENT needs to stand up for the right. There is only left(gone) and the Right(to live) I switched off my 'idiot box' invented by John Logie Baird. Scots scoot and wynd. We dont take nonsense from anyone. I stand up for my rights. When the Government bullies speak of curtailing human rights…..that my friends is encroachment on my personsl civil liberties. Stand up, stand up mates. Bud weiser! Log in to Reply Ziby Philips October 21, 2012 The SNP, Lib Dems and the Greens will not succumb to defeat. The role of a democracy is for the people, by the people and of the people. A country where only 33 out of 100 vote is not a representative parliamentary democracy. What is happening? The home of universal adult franchise succumbing to rifts causing alienation of the masses where Scotland Sense says 1 in 4 people are MAD(my adorable darling) ….mind problems is on a war path. Internal strife as tge tumultuous economy is coming to grips with poverty isbecoming a sad reality. ©Cherrys Inc. Limited, registered in Utopia, ( UK Ltd. Co.) Log in to Reply Ziby Philips October 21, 2012 I am a specialist in Research methods and quantitative methods. The Government lacks quality and is being whipped by party big wigs who have their own axes to grind. This my friends is because of the paper based currency hooked to nothing. Artificial inflation and burning bridges between the rich and the poor is transforming the Liberal Welfare State into hegemony. The Gap between the Haves and have-nots is ever growing due to the lack of insight on the part of the Governing parliamentarians. To a Brave new Europe! ©Liberty Cherrysall. Log in to Reply You must log in to post a comment.