Fibromyalgia Action UK
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We did it!

Iain Duncan Smith will be held to account for his misuse of Government statistics.

Last month Iain Duncan Smith told journalists that one million people are claiming benefits yet able to work. The problem was it wasn't strictly true.

That's why 96,666 people -- including you -- signed the petition to demand the Work and Pensions Committee to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his use of government statistics on welfare.

This week the Committee announced they would do just that. Iain Duncan Smith will face questions by the Committee over his department's use of statistics. The New Statesman reported the story here.

The DWP have slipped the news out quietly, so if you are on Twitter please take a moment to spread the word about the victory.

We are really proud that we started this petition. It's often feels like politicians get away with saying whatever they like and as two disabled people affected by the benefit changes, we're fed up with the spin. By starting this petition we've shown that everyone has the tools to call politicians out if they start spinning statistics.

It's important people know this - so please share the news on Twitter. Click here.

The inquiry is set to happen in June so we'll keep the petition open until then. We both hope to attend the session and see Iain Duncan Smith face some tough questions. We'll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime - a big thank you for all your support!

Thank you,

Jayne Linney & Debbie Sayers

6 Replies

That is great news - really great! They were voted in on a promise to weed out the shirkers and have failed miserabley - so they pick on the really vulnerable ones, hoping the stress will make them cave in and stop claiming. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!


I saw that and tweeted it. What great news, he deserves a vote of no confidence as well as Camoron.


I DONT BELIEVE IT! Sorry, Victor Meldrew springs to mind.

Couple of heroes you 2. That is 1 heck of an achievement Really well done. I subscribe to Private Eye. It's the sort of thing they would cover, but just to be sure I think an e.mail would be in order. I'll put it at the top of my agenda for tomorrow. Wow! Blown away.

G'night xx :)


Well done guys! About time people realise what is happening xx


Yeees victory. You smart caring clever people I salute you both and the peeps that signed up.gbu all.xx


I hate to be a wet blanket, but I can't see IDS being given little more than a slap on the wrist for this. He is only doing what all politicians do, who invent figures and quote imaginary statistics to support their lies.


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