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DWP fails to meet Information Commissioner deadline for possible benefit related deaths

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WPSC report, Health assessments for benefits
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1468/health-assessments-for-benefits/news/194649/benefits-health-assessments-system-continues-to-let-people-down-say-mps/

Rightsnet story: https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/welfare-rights/news/item/waiting-years-to-implement-changes-to-benefit-health-assessments-wont-cut-it-when-quicker-wins-are-available-say-mps

Of particular relevance to this thread:
- para.24, data on deaths and serious harms
- para.34, safeguarding, awareness and training
- para.117, advocacy
- annex 1, summary of survey responses

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Tracked Internal Process Review recommendations: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/internal_process_review_recommen?nocache=incoming-2299314#incoming-2299314

The response letter lists the fields tracked as part of DWP’s IPR tracking as follows:
• Ref Number
• IPRG date
• Status
• Key Finding
• Action for IPRG
• Case(s)
• Product Line
• Owner
• Owner Business Area
• Improvement under way
• High Level Update
• Notes

I’ve attached the previous FOI response here (not available on whatdotheyknow), I’ve split it into two due to Rightsnet rules on the size of uploaded attachments. This enables a comparison of progress.

Readers may also have seen recent reporting of an FOI response to DNS (and I think George Greenwood at The Times may have gotten a similar response): https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/secret-dwp-reports-link-more-deaths-with-systemic-flaws/

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Second half of annex A

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https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2023-06-06/debates/086EF28F-7C31-4AF3-93B8-F24B83B807D8/ErrolGrahamDWPAndSafeguardingAdultsBoardInquiry

- DWP accepts the recommendation in the Errol Graham SAR
- an explanation from DWP as to why the 2014 documents were not provided to the reviewer
- Tom Pursglove will meet with Rethink and a representative of bereaved families

[ Edited: 7 Jun 2023 at 09:25 am by Owen_Stevens ]
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Following on from the last post - Tom Pursglove mentioned in the Commons that PHSO looks into cases where there have been failures.  There’s been a recent PHSO decision involving FTA WCA ending ESA without applying safeguarding procedures and a claimant being left without sufficient food as a result. 

Confusingly PHSO refer to DWP having sanctioned the claimant although I can’t see that the case involves sanctioning at all. 

I feel like the reasoning at 52-54 of ‘findings’ is something I’ve seen before from the PHSO but I don’t have time to trawl past decisions to check whether I’m right about that. 

There’s also a reference to the six point plan not being followed but, because the claimant didn’t ask PHSO to look into this, the PHSO did not consider the issue.

https://decisions.ombudsman.org.uk/report/?id=078e1bd7-87ff-ed11-8f6c-00224840d396

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Info on IPRs and Serious Case Panel at pp.64 & 66 of the web-ready PDF https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2022-to-2023

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