David Cameron has backed Iain Duncan Smith in a row over the benefit claimant deaths, refusing to open a Ministerial Code inquiry despite IDS’ failure to give “accurate and truthful information” to parliament.
Back in June, IDS told the Commons that his department didn’t hold data on disability and sickness benefit recipients who had died within six weeks of their claims being rejected:
“She knows very well that the Department does not collate numbers on people in that circumstance
Unfortunately for IDS, however, his own department had … errrr … already admitted that it did hold this information and planned to publish it at some point in the future.
In a letter Debbie Abrahams MP, Cameron also denied that Duncan Smith had “allowed a culture to be established in which it is acceptable to lie”.
It’s safe to say that this is one area in which he is showing real leadership:
- IDS lied on his own CV
- IDS repeatedly lied to parliament about the status of Universal Credit
- This blog once caught him lying twice in single week
- His department then published testimonies from claimants which were totally fabricated
CAMERON’S LETTER TO DEBBIE ABRAHAMS IN FULL: