Reposted from New Approach
Photo of Nick Dilworth courtesy of the Guardian
Following the release of the DWP mortality statistics which were at best confusing, Nick Dilworth who runs the blogs ilegal and New Approach set to work in trying to understand the facts behind the figures.
It seems he’s managed to do it and I take my hat off to him because it couldn’t have been easy …
DWP death stats made clear; As far as is possible by Nick Dilworth
At long last, we can get some real clarity over the DWP’s worse than useless death statistics:
(1) The predominant DWP death figures, be it for those on Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance, only refer to those who came off either benefit because they died.
(2) Any reference to 2 weeks (ESA cases) or 6 weeks (IB/SDA cases) only relates to aligning the claimant’s date of death to the date of the end of their claim. The only reason for the end of the claim is because of the claimant’s death.
(3) The DWP have never provided any indication over the date of a fit for work finding, or any other Work Capability Assessment finding which can be related to the date of death of any claimant on either incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance.
All the DWP has done is provided a blanket statement that between 1 May 2010 and 28 February 2013, 40,680 claimants died within a year of a work capability assessment decision.
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