Statistics highlighting the amount of deaths occurred following the loss of their state benefits are being prepared for publication, according to British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Just days following Iain Duncan Smith’s denial of such figures ever existing, Cameron has confirmed the controversial figures showing the number of those who have died following the loss of their benefits are to be published
Cameron made the claims after Labour MP Marie Rimmer, questioned him on whether his Conservative government would comply with a ruling from the information commissioner that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should release the data affecting those between November 2011 and May 2014.
“You have repeatedly been reported as saying you want to create ‘a new era of transparency in government’,” Rimmer said. “Given your desire, why is [Duncan Smith] refusing to release the statistics relating to the deaths of people who have been declared fit for work, as instructed to do so by the information commissioner?”
In response Cameron replied: “First of all let me reassure you this data will be published and is being prepared for publication as we speak. I think it is important we publish data and this government has published more data about public spending than any previous government.”