Another Angry Voice on the Tory Policy of Destroying Embarrassing Evidence

Another Angry Voice has another excellent post up, this time on the way the Conservatives are deliberately destroying and suppressing the evidence of the harm done by their vile policies. The evidence from information collected from the government agencies themselves have refuted and challenged Tory claims on the moral and economic basis of their cuts to the welfare services on everything from the foodbanks to the bedroom tax. In particularly they have shown that a horrifying 10,600 people have committed suicide due to losing their support from the state under the Tories’ reforms. The government’s response has been, in all of these cases, consistent: shoot the messenger. The agencies have simply stopped collecting the information. The Voice’s article begins:

‘In April 2013 Iain Duncan Smith’s woefully mismanaged Department for Work and Pensions furtively cancelled the collection of data on the reasons they have been referring people to food banks.

Prior to the introduction of “bedroom tax” and a range of wide ranging welfare cuts in 2013, the DWP food bank referral form included a section to indicate the reason for the referral (benefit delay, benefit change, refusal of crisis loan). After April 2013 this section was removed.

These referral statistics had been used by the Trussell Trust (one of the UK’s largest food bank networks) to utterly demolish Anthony David “Lord” Freud’s ludicrous claims that the soaring number of people reliant upon food banks had nothing to do with his welfare reforms (here’s an article outlining some of the Trussell Trust’s statistics).’

He goes on to criticise sharply the specious arguments and claims spouted by the Conservatives to try to rebut this embarrassing evidence:

‘What is even worse than their efforts to bury these inconvenient statistics is the frankly disgusting rhetoric coming from high profile members of the Conservative party. Who could forget Freud’s ludicrous claims that the ever increasing numbers of people relying on food banks are just idle people scrounging “free commodities”. Then there’s Michael Gove and his revolting “blame the victim” narrative that families turn to food banks because of “poor financial management”‘.

I’ve blogged on here before that I don’t trust government statistics on unemployment after successive Tory administrations, beginning with Thatcher’s in 1979, altered the way they were collected to suit them. This is further proof of the cavalier way the government alters and ignores information when it proves inconvenient. Their policies show the contempt they have for the poor, and the complete indifference and hostility to facts and evidence regarding their claims. The British people have absolutely no reason to trust them at all. Mike’s satirical take on their attitude to fact is summed up in his piece, Iain Duncan Smith: The Musical!, which lampoons IDS’ expressed preference for ‘belief’ over evidence. It’s an attitude which extends to the entire administration.

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7 Responses to “Another Angry Voice on the Tory Policy of Destroying Embarrassing Evidence”

  1. retiredandangry Says:

    DWP can’t be woefully mismanaged because they got paid £44 Million in bonuses. Since when did Civil Servants join the Bonus Culture?

  2. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    Another Angry Voice is with a different host service which means we can’t reblog it directly. The Beast has omitted a direct link as well, so here it is:

  3. Mike Sivier Says:

    I think in fact it was 10,600 deaths – and that was only during a 10-month period in 2011 (if I recall correctly). Some were indeed suicides; some were brought on by the exacerbation of existing health conditions. In addition, I seem to recall that many of these deaths were of people in the support group of ESA, who were getting as much help as the law allowed. That is why I, and others, did not count them when we came up with our ’73 deaths per week’ average… if I recall correctly.

    Now, nearly two years later, we believe the total has risen by a huge amount that could signify the closest the UK has ever come to state-inflicted genocide on a group within its borders. The fact that the DWP has been refusing to release more up-to-date figures tends to indicate that this view is correct.

    It just so happens that the deadline for the DWP to respond to my demand for a review of my (refused) FOI request on the subject is tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17). Don’t get your hopes up but it will be interesting to see how they try to squirm out of it because I practically threw their own rule book at them.

  4. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) Says:

    It’s exasperating that bloggers continue to misuse or misinterpret this DWP statistical release, “Incapacity Benefits: Death of Recipients (9 July 2012)” found here:

    See: ROSS, David (Office of Tom Greatrex MP)


    to me

    Dear Samuel,

    Thanks for your email to Tom Greatrex MP.

    I have had a look at the statistics from the DWP, and asked the House of Commons Library for their assessment. I had initially thought that these figures showed that 10,600 had their claims ended and then died within 6 weeks. However, the Library advised that in the vast majority of cases people died and then their claim was ended within 6 weeks as a result of their deaths rather than the other way round.

    The wording of the DWP’s statistical release appears to be quite poor, which may have resulted in confusion. In any event, Tom has tabled some Written Parliamentary Questions on this issue to get a bit of clarity on this issue.

    Thanks for getting in touch.



    David Ross

    Office of Tom Greatrex MP

    Rutherglen & Hamilton West| Shadow Energy Minister

  5. stewilko Says:

    Reblogged this on stewilko's Blog.

  6. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

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