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

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The HoC Library briefing titled ‘Suicide prevention: Policy and strategy’ has been updated: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8221/

The briefing has been around for a while now, so I don’t repost the link each time it’s updated - but I thought it would be worth noting in passing that the briefing continues to be updated on a fairly regular basis

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Debbie Abrahams at Q55-60, topics covered include IPR criteria and gatekeeping and the proposed s.23 EHRC agreement https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/14052/pdf/

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Owen_Stevens - 09 November 2023 09:21 AM

Another PFD sent to DWP: https://www.judiciary.uk/prevention-of-future-death-reports/kevin-gale-prevention-of-future-deaths-report/

DWP response now included on the webpage.  Key line:
“Upon reviewing the full circumstances of this case, we are satisfied that appropriate support is already available to allow claimants with complex needs to access benefits.”

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Owen_Stevens - 23 January 2024 01:08 PM

DWP response now included on the webpage.  Key line:
“Upon reviewing the full circumstances of this case, we are satisfied that appropriate support is already available to allow claimants with complex needs to access benefits.”

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-dismisses-coroners-concerns-over-universal-credit-suicide/

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Transcript of the latest WPSC oral evidence session on safeguarding vulnerable claimants: https://committees.parliament.uk/event/20421/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/

The evidence states that DWP are negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the National Network of Safeguarding Adults Board Chairs.  This is also reflected in this FOI response: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/protocol_between_dwp_and_safegua

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“You asked about the 29 IPR referrals made in 2022/23 that did not meet the criteria. 18 of these cases were referred following a customer death and 11 of the cases involved customer harm. Of the 60 IPR referrals which met the criteria and were accepted, 50 were referred following a customer death and 10 involved customer harm.”
https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/43261/documents/215259/default/

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