This government has a track record of withholding crucial information from the public – we still await the release of the health and social care risk register, for example, despite the tribunal ruling in 2012. Amongst the four reports requested here, one is a risk register. The DWP have also refused to release information about the rising number of deaths associated with the impact of the welfare reforms on sick and disabled people since 2011. Such a lack of accountability and transparency is the hallmark of authoritarianism.
We know there is a huge and growing gap between Tory rhetoric and reality. In other words, the government are telling lies.
By Tony Collins
An information tribunal judge has unexpectedly refused consent for the Department of Work and Pensions to appeal his ruling that four reports on the Universal Credit programme be published.
The ruling undermines the DWP’s claim that there would be “chilling effect” if the reports were published.
The judge’s decision, which is dated 25 April 2014, means the DWP will have to publish the reports under the FOI Act – or it has 28 days to appeal the judge’s refusal to grant consent for an appeal. The DWP is certain to appeal again. It has shown that money is no object when it comes to funding appeals to keep the four reports secret.
In 2012 John Slater, who has 25 years experience working in IT and programme and project management, had requested the UC Issues Register, Milestone Schedule and Risk Register. Also in 2012 I requested a UC project assessment review by the…
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