5 March 2020
What: Stephen Timms, chair of the work and pensions committee, writes to work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey for information following the NAO report (7 February 2020). The letter says the NAO report “exposes significant weaknesses in how the DWP learns lessons from some of the most tragic cases it sees – when the people it serves die by suicide. In the light of the gravity of the NAO’s findings, the Committee has asked me to write to you to seek further information about how the Department plans to respond.” The letter asks 17 questions about DWP’s 69 internal process reviews.
Why significant: MPs seeking further questions about DWP’s safeguarding procedures.