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DWP admits the serious case panel will not be independent.

What: DWP had originally claimed that the serious case panel (see 4 September 2019) would be “independent”. But following questions from journalist Steve Topple at The Canary, it admits instead that the panel “will be chaired by a director and members will be senior civil servants from across the department”.

Why significant: There had been hopes that the panel might represent an attempt to provide some independent oversight of DWP’s safeguarding performance and failings.


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