Why are victims being sidelined by MPs’ inquiry?

Mike here gives his suspicions that the inquiry will probably be a whitewash, given that his description of Mrs Mike’s condition will be circulated to the Committee as background information, but not printed as evidence. I am very much afraid that this is what will indeed happen. I’m also not particularly surprised. I think there’s a very cynical line in that most cynical and witty of TV satires, ‘Yes, Minister’ / ‘Yes, Prime Minister’, where Sir Humphrey makes very clear that public inquiries are to make it look like the government is actually doing something, while trying its best to sweep everything under the carpet. This seems to be exactly what’s going to occur here. And it must be prevented.

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Sidelined: People like this lady have campaigned across the UK against the unfair assessment system for sickness and disability benefits. Now that they are finally getting an inquiry into this corrupt system, are their views going to be ignored? [Image: Guardian] Sidelined: People like this lady have campaigned across the UK against the unfair assessment system for sickness and disability benefits. Now that they are finally getting an inquiry into this corrupt system, are their views going to be ignored? [Image: Guardian] Here’s a disturbing email from the Commons Work and Pensions committee:

“Thank you for your submission to Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments.

“The Committee has received a large number of written submissions from individuals who have claimed ESA and undergone WCA, setting out their personal experiences of the process.

“Your submission, along with other similar personal testimony submissions, will be circulated to the Members of the Committee as background information to the inquiry rather than published as formal evidence.

“I know that the Committee will find submissions such as yours very helpful in their inquiry and I would therefore like…

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