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31,000 Deaths of sick and disabled people since 2011?

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I note from reading through several requests that the July 2012 statistics you released on the deaths of Employment and Support Allowance claimants are at present the last at present that you intend to publish, due to public interest reasons reading between the lines of responses?

Can the department advise in relation to those 2012 figures of a breakdown in which illnesses those who died were suffering from whilst claiming Employment and Support Allowance before their deaths?

And finally, if the department is not willing or able to produce the figures due to orders from Mr Duncan Smith can the department in the interests of fairness and public interest advise whether those figures have increased year on year since 2011? (A yes or no will suffice)

I believe this is in the public interest as the figures were just over 300 in 2010. That was a huge increase to 2011 figures of 10,600. Even staying at a constant that is well above 31,000 deaths in total since 2011.

Logic would infer that if you fail to respond to this very basic request that the figures have indeed increased, and that you are following Mr Duncan Smith's orders to keep a lid on the huge increase in the number of deaths of sick and disabled people. You have this opportunity to clear the issue up now, it may even assist if you can honestly say they have decreased, can you? If you aren't willing to answer then it is clear the figures have increased. And this is not only my opinion, but many others.

You hold the figures, it makes sense. 31,000 deaths of one group of people in such a short space of time would be headline news if it were Ukraine. Why can we not know if that is indeed the case here?

Jack Chapman

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