Freelance writer from Cornwall
Iain Duncan Smith’s latest effort to prevent the publication of documents warning of the dangers of universal credit has been dismissed by a judge.
The information commissioner ruled the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) should release documents about the progress of universal credit, an assessment of independent reviews and a record of problems with it. He ruled against the release of a risk register – a department document listing possible problems with the scheme – but a tribunal overruled him and said it too should be published.
The DWP insisted publication would have a “chilling effect” on the working of the department. The information tribunal ruled there was no evidence of that but that there was “strong public interest” in publication.
IDS appealed. The DWP’s first argument was that the tribunal misunderstood the nature of the chilling effect and the evidence needed to…
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