The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to release internal reports detailing the way it manipulated media reporting of benefits cuts, following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
The Disability News Service (DNS) first put in a request to see the department’s media evaluation reports – which are produced monthly by the DWP’s communications team to keep an eye on how it manages its press and social media coverage – more than a year ago. The DWP refused to release them, claiming they were “commercially sensitive”. But after The DNS complained to the Information Commissioner, the DWP has made them available.
Jonathan Pring from The DNS has seen the documents – and their revelations are extraordinary.