Thanks to the Freedom of Information act, Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to release figures showing how many people declared fit for work by his department dropped dead. More than 4,000 people died within six weeks of being found “fit for work”, the Department for Work and Pensions has admitted.
The figures cover the period between December 2011 to February 2014. All were told they should find a job following a “Work Capability Assessment”. Of the total, 1,360 died after losing an appeal against the decision. Apparently 80 people a week are dying after being assessed as fit for work.
Now we know why Mr Duncan Smith and the Government were so reluctant to release these figures. It will shock nobody to hear the Iain Duncan Smith response to this shaming revelation is to adapt the famous line from the Bruce Willis film The Sixth Sense – “I don’t see dead people”.
Iain Duncan Smith doesn't, apparently, so, in addition to throwing the disabled out of their adapted homes under the hated Bedroom Tax, wasting billions of public money on a complete turkey of a computer system for universal credit, we can now add hounding the sick to death to the charge sheet.