WOWpetition secured a debate in the House of Commons on the 27th February at which here today, gone tomorrow Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning said, “the Institute for Fiscal Studies has also said that that could not be done properly and accurately enough” but agreed to look again in light of Cumulative Impact Assessments carried out by Scope and Simon Duffy at the Centre for Welfare Reform. However, on the 9th April 2014 he had reverted to his previous position by stating in response to a question from Naomi Long MP on whether he will review his decision not to carry out a cumulative impact assessment, that “the previous Government did not provide this type of analysis and that distributional analysis is provided for the whole population on the basis of household income and household expenditure. However this is not disaggregated to the level of household characteristics such as disability status or lower level geographies. No organisation is able to do this robustly.”
Also, Lord Freud said in response to The Social Security Advisory Committees call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment that he did not believe that data available could be reliably disaggregated for disabled people and said this was a view also help by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
However, The Institute for Fiscal Studies have denied ever having taken this position as reported in Disability News Service as follows:
“David Phillips, senior research economist for IFS, who wrote the report, said it was unclear where the government’s view about the organisation’s position on CIAs had come from; He said: “We can’t find anything we have written down saying we can’t do a CIA.”
WOWpetition are convinced that the evidence tends to suggest a conspiracy at the highest levels of government to hide the effects of this governments austerity programme on sick and disabled people. Many people have died whilst awaiting support from this government whilst stressed, humiliated and intimidated, as pointed out by Dennis Skinner at the WOWpetition debate. The Government does not want the public or press to know the true impact of the austerity plan on sick and disabled children and adults. A factual admission would put in contrast how one group are having their human rights attacked whilst another gets tax breaks.