John Pring posted an article on September 11th. In it he states:
“Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing fresh calls to quit or be fired after suggesting in the House of Commons that disabled people were not “normal”.
“Labour MP Debbie Abrahams, who has repeatedly tried to call ministers to account in the Commons over social security reform, asked David Cameron during prime minister’s questions this week if his work and pensions secretary would face investigation for breaching the ministerial code.”
“Disability News Service asked Duncan Smith’s constituency office yesterday if he would respond to criticism of his comments, and whether he would apologise, but had not heard back by noon today (Friday).”
I feel that silence and non compliance is standard for Duncan Smith and The DWP, maybe they hope that we will not notice and go away!
Along with The WOW campaign, which is mentioned in his article, these are more examples where Duncan Smith and The DWP have either dragged their heels or totally ignored recommendations:
The official report into the growth of food banks, which was delivered to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in June 2013. That report was sat on by Ministers for six months until demands for its release forced the Governments hand.
November 2014 Government Response to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Report on Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessment,- to date many recommendations not acted upon
Oakley review into Sanctions – published March 2015 – to date not acted upon
FOI request re “death stats” took almost 2years to be published
Freedom of Information Act section 22, Used by the government to block publication as they claim the information they hold is intended for future publication but will not commit to a publication date. I have seen at least two FOI recent requests that have not been honoured using section 22
I’m sure that there are more but these are the ones that have come to my attention.
As I have said previously, we are here for the long haul, enough is enough.
We will not be silenced and we will not go away while this governments hides behind silence, filibustering and stonewalling.