Deaths 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has finally[1] published the number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011 – and has announced that the number who died between January that year and February 2014 is 91,740.

91,740 people.


The DWP statement “these isolated figures provide limited scope for analysis and nothing can be gained from this publication that would allow the reader to form any judgement as to the effects or impacts of the Work Capability Assessment”.

The work-related activity group is for people who are expected to recover from their illnesses and be well enough to return to work within a year. In that group, there should be ZERO deaths.

Instead we have 7,200 deaths in the work-related activity group.  7200 death which brings the known total to 8,500[2]. (Please note that figures are rounded to the nearest 10)

9,740 died whilst waiting to be assessed (a process that can take over a year)[3].

2,650 people died after being assessed as “Fit to Work” by DWP.

1,360 died after appealing their “Fit to Work” DWP sentence.

3,320 people died whilst not in receipt of any benefit payment.

This new data suggests that the average number of deaths per day between January 2011 and February 2014 was around 79.5 – 556 per week.

Initial Report Available at

“The increase in the frequency of these deaths is enough to raise questions about the way the incapacity benefit system is being run – questions that demand full, frank and immediate answers”


[1] DWP has delayed this for TWO YEARS. Despite being ordered to publish the figures by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)



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