Campaigners say DWP is breaching the law by delaying release of nine secret reviews
Secret reviews by the DWP into the deaths of benefit claimants are being withheld in breach of Freedom of Information laws campaigners claim.
According to the campaign website Disability News Service (DNS) ministers are delaying the release of nine reviews into benefit claimant deaths, even though civil servants apparently prepared them for release three weeks ago after FOI legislation forced them to do so.
The reviews cover the period from August 2014 to January 2016, and are likely to be similar in format to the 49 reviews that were released by DWP last month following a 21-month battle with DNS to keep them secret.
The latest request was submitted on 15 April, but DNS has been told by DWP’s freedom of information team that a draft response was completed on 23 May – three weeks ago – but has still not been released.
A DWP spokeswoman refused to explain why.