The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith
Department for Work & Pensions
Date 20th August 2012
(Ref FOI 2600 – Date August 6th 2012)
The importance of factually correct information being sent out to the public is I’m sure you’ll agree vitally important, distorsions and the spinning of the truth is something to which I’m sure you would not allow to happen in your department?
I was therefore very concerned that your department has on a number of occasions provided information to the general public which can only be described as outright deception?
The DWP in several documents that are available in the public domain have stated that Audio Recording Equipment used in the Pilot Study recommended by Prof Harrington was the NEAL 9102 DUAL CD AUDIO INTERVIEW RECORDER, the DWP state this in FOI Request (REF2600) Dated 6/8/2012, the DWP State
“The recording device currently used by the Contractor is the Neal9102 Dual CD Audio Interview Recorder, and purchased for use by Atos Healthcare in conducting the Audio Recording of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) Pilot scheme at Newcastle Medical Assessment Centre, that was conducted in April to June 2011. This Pilot was conducted as a result of the recommendations made by Professor Malcolm Harrington in the 1st independent review of the WCA process.”
The DWP have published these lies before, a mistake once maybe but more than once can only be taken to be an outright attempt to deceive the general public with misinformation, it appears the right hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing as it clearly states in the report made by Atos Healthcare that handheld digital recorders were used in the pilot study?
Maybe it’s time to instruct your employees to act in a more professional manner as of course you would hate to see taxpayer’s money go to waste something to which yourself and your most distinguished colleague Mr. Grayling hate?
I think the wasting of taxpayer’s money is of course to be avoided that’s why I need to clarify something with you and the DWP? If the DWP can justify spending over a £1million pounds on 1284 Audio Recording Machines for the FIS (Fraud Investigation Service)for conducting interviews under caution, then how come the DWP, Yourself and Mr. Grayling keep on making the excuse that it wouldn’t be financially prudent to supply all Atos Assessment Centres with a single machine?
The cost of supplying all of the Atos Assessment Centres with at least one machine would be less than £300,000 pounds, this would be beneficial to claimants/customers, it would ensure that Atos HCP performed correctly, or maybe how they’re behaving at present is exactly what you and the DWP want?
Sadly Mr. Smith I very much doubt you’ll even bother to read this letter, you and Mr. Grayling are so far removed from the realities of everyday life that you cannot comprehend what it’s like to go cold or hungry, face the threat of losing your home because your benefits been removed unjustly, you and your department are killing people on a daily basis and you have no qualms about it, your lack of understanding and empathy for those least able to defend themselves is disgusting, you have made your thoughts clear on the disabled community by your totally inappropriate and untrue statements about “REMPLOY” workers, you are a disgrace Mr. Smith.
I look forward to your reply but don’t hold out much hope, decency and you don’t go together.
Mr. Paul Smith