Jack Monroe writes:
I would like to publicly apologise to the Department of Work And Pensions for an inaccurate statistic in my Observer article yesterday on the grim reality of the welfare system in what was once ‘Great’ Britain.
In my article I stated that 2,400 people had died shortly after their Employment Support Allowance had been severed, having been (clearly wrongly) judged as Fit To Work.
The DWP informs me that the correct figure is in fact 2,380.
As they are so keen on accuracy, and transparency, I thought I should provide the rest of the stats.
Between December 2011 and February 2014, 50,850 people who were claiming ESA, died.
Of these, 7,200 had been judged as ‘able to return to work in the future’ and placed in the ‘work group’ category of ESA to undergo regular gruelling testing in order to continue to claim the pithy pittances they…
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