14 October 2014
What: DWP’s press office admits for the first time that the department carries out investigations into some deaths of claimants. A DWP press officer tells Disability News Service: “Where it is appropriate, we undertake reviews into individual cases but we do not accept the argument of those who seek to politicise people’s deaths by linking them inaccurately to welfare policy.”
Why significant: DWP finally admits to carrying out reviews into some deaths. It later emerges that these investigations are called peer reviews.