Work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has once again remained silent about nine Department of Work and Pension (DWP) reports during a grilling by the Work and Pensions Committee..
Not only did she remain silent she added another report that she failed to disclose along with the previous nine.
This is despite the Work and Pensions Committee requesting that the information in the reports should have been posted as far back as 2017.
The reports contain information concerning DWP sanctions, claimant deaths and how people are coping with being transferred to Universal Credit (UC)
The committee did however state that they would like to discuss the matter further at another meeting on Wednesday 29 June.
They however made the huge error of giving Coffey until the 15 July to reply to their request.
Instead of answering the committee’s questions Coffey refused to do so in person saying that she would respond to the questions in her response to their letter by letter.
However during the meeting Coffey declared that the DWP have also got a secret plan to help claimants who fail to complete the managed migration process within the time limit given.
Coffey went on to say “I have added a policy that I would rather talk to you privately about, because I do not want to deter people from responding to our requests to migrate.”
As we already know her words are useless until any information about the supposed policy unless it is in public knowledge and is being acted upon.
Secret polices could well include ignoring a claimants legal rights and how would they be able to appeal decisions if the policy is indeed secret?
This could give way to yet more DWP cruelty met upon vulnerable claimants that are already struggling financially.
Only time will tell as to what will happen. The committee needs to request the publishing of the reports as a matter of great urgency and not rely upon Coffey being honest and open about the information that she has.
I do know one thing though. The reports could contain some very damaging information about the suffering and deaths of vulnerable claimants.
This could be the reason why she’s continuing to hold back the information.
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