Crippen highlights the anger being expressed after watchdog appears to back away from inquiry into DWP deaths

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) confirmed that it will be using its powers to address the “systemic barriers” facing disabled claimants in the benefits system. Sounds good …

However, it appears that even if it did carry this work out, the commission appears to be edging away from demands for it to hold a full inquiry into the links between the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) and the deaths of countless benefit claimants over the last decade.

The commission refused to provide any details or offer further clarity about the work it will be doing on the barriers within the benefit system, despite requests from Disability News Service (DNS) and other campaigners.

Linda Burnip, co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “This is typical of EHRC unfortunately and they seem to ignore even policies and behaviours of government departments that lead to the unnecessary deaths of…

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