A disability charity has called for an investigation to be held into the deaths of more than 2,000 people within weeks of being judged “fit for work”.
Mencap, a learning disability charity, says the “tragic” deaths raise questions about the fairness of the work capability assessment.
It comes after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released figures sought under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The figures show that between December 2011 and February 2014, some 2,380 people died within around two weeks of their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) being stopped following a decision they were “fit to work”.
The DWP insists there is “no causal link” between benefits status and the likelihood of dying, as the individual causes of deaths were not recorded in the figures.
The department stressed that the death rates for unemployed claimants remained in line with trends in the wider population for a…
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