Iain Duncan Smith is to face MPs for the first time since thousands of claimants were revealed to have died within days of being declared fit for work — figures which his department tried to cover-up for two years.
Stats released suggest that 90 people per month are dying after Work Capability Assessments block them from claiming sickness and disability benefits.
IDS will have to parry a barage of questions on the health of claimants. The below is a selection of the written questions, with MPs allowed to follow up on topical matters — including the death figures.
Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury)
What information his Department holds on the number of people in the work-related activity group who have long term deteriorating health conditions.
Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley)
What recent assessment he has made of the effect of work capability assessments on disabled people
Dr Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire)
What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statistics on people who died after claiming employment and support allowance published by his Department on 27 August 2015; and if he will make a statement.
Kate Osamor (Edmonton)
When he plans to publish statistics on the number of people with disabilities claiming benefits who take their own lives.
The scandal is the second to rock DWP this summer — after the department was caught fabricating quotes from claimants saying the sanctions regime helped them.
UPDATE: Covering himself in glory …
Did I really hear Iain Duncan Smith talk about 'normal [sic] non-disabled people' just now? Shocking insight into the mentality…
— Eilidh Whiteford (@EilidhWhiteford) September 7, 2015