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Jayne Linney on the conspicuous absence of IDS

From Jayne Linney, who reports that she and Debbie Sayers are STILL trying to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his misuse of statistics:

In the words of Debbie Sayers, my "Hold IDS to Account campaign" buddy -

Back in June, we had reason to feel positive that our petition (which now has over 104,000 signatures) asking the work and pensions select committee to hold IDS to account for his use of statistics had reached 100,000 and we had been told that the committee wanted to tie it in to the end of year review of the DWP so they had all the facts at their disposal.

A date would be forthcoming…

Time dragged on  and in June we were told MR Smith had cancelled, because the end of year review was still not ready…

Time dragged on…

and in July again the appointment was cancelled with the promise of something in the autumn…

Time dragged on…

and in September we were told November but…

Time is still dragging on and now, on the 31st of October 2013, we’re told it will be December…

That means the end of 2013, the 2011/12 Annual Report from the DWP will be eight months late… Yes, that’s right - EIGHT MONTHS late! Why is nobody shouting about this… well, I guess we are…

I’m wondering why the press AREN’T wondering what’s going on - why MP’s AREN’T asking questions…

So I’m calling on everyone for help can we start making a noise about this! Can we tweet #whereisIDS #DWPLateReview.

I would also ENCOURAGE  everyone to start writing to their MP, asking why the DWP’s end of annual report is nearly eight months late… and asking when he will be seeing the Work and Pensions Select Committee in person. We don’t want his juniors to be answering questions we want him to explain what is going on. Ultimately Mr Duncan Smith is responsible for his DEPARTMENT, not Mr Penning or Ms Mcvey…

When a whole department can’t be held responsible and circumvents the balance and checks process we should all sit up and pay attention

Perhaps MR Smith thinks he is above answering questions… Perhaps he’s busy… either way time should be made to get the review in and discuss its good points and short comings… that’s the process, that’s the job. If he doesn’t like it, perhaps he should resign…

Thank you all for your continued support of Debbie and myself. I assure you we are doing all we can to push for this and any help you can give us, and MPs like Sheila Gilmore, who is also fighting to get IDS to committee is very much appreciated… I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again thank all those that have helped with the campaign fund… We  plan to be using it soon grin

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