Monthly Archives: July 2019

A senior civil servant has refused to allow the mo

first_imgA senior civil servant has refused to allow the mother of a woman who took her own life – after being repeatedly failed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – to see a secret report into her daughter’s death.Jodey Whiting (pictured) died in February 2017, 15 days after she had her out-of-work disability benefits mistakenly stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA).But Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, has now told Joy Dove, Whiting’s mother, that she cannot see a secret internal review that was carried out into her daughter’s death.She told her in a letter: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”But only last week, work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd revealed key details from another internal process review (IPR) to MP Frank Field, the chair of the Commons work and pensions committee.That review was carried out following the death of Stephen Smith, who died in April, months after he was found fit for work by DWP despite being in hospital with such severe health problems that his weight had fallen to six stone.There appears to be no legal reason why an IPR cannot be released to the next-of-kin in full, if the work and pensions secretary gives her or his permission for it to be released.This week, a DWP spokesperson said the letter to Field was simply “outlining the outcome of the Internal Process Review into Stephen Smith’s case rather than a full copy of the report”.She added: “We do not share Internal Process Reviews due to the personal customer data they contain.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said today (Thursday): “It is morally reprehensible that the DWP is attempting to hide behind a cloak of secrecy.“Joy has an absolute right to know the contents and conclusions drawn from the DWP internal review into her daughter Jodey’s death.“This denial only strengthens our case for a full independent judicial inquiry into Jodey’s case.“We would like to add our voices to Joy’s in demanding full disclosure of the entire review immediately, no ifs, no buts.”The letter from Haddad contained written answers to questions put to her by Dove – and prepared with the help of Disability News Service (DNS) – during a face-to-face meeting that took place earlier this month.In the letter, Haddad also refused to tell her whether any DWP civil servant had been disciplined for the failings that led to her daughter’s death.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case.But a DWP spokesperson said this week: “We discussed with Mrs Dove the actions taken as a result of Jodey’s case, including corrective actions, but we cannot discuss any specific actions taken in relation to individual members of staff.”Haddad also refused to say if she believed that it was ministers or civil servants who were responsible for Jodey Whiting’s death, stating only that ICE “provided a thorough and in-depth review of how we dealt with Jodey’s case and what failings had taken place”.A DWP spokesperson added: “The Independent Case Examiner did not find any evidence of misconduct by Civil Servants or Ministers.”*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeSamaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

SAINTS meet Castleford for the second time this se

first_imgSAINTS meet Castleford for the second time this season having secured a 28-22 win back in March at Langtree Park.Super League Summary:Castleford won 5St Helens won 36 (includes wins in 1999 and 2014 play-offs)1 drawHighs and Lows:Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Paul Clough needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.Clough has played 39 games for Bradford since 2015, and was previously with Widnes (15 games, 2014), Whitehaven (4 dual-registration games, 2013) and St Helens (189 games, 2005-2013).He has also played 2 games for England Knights (2011-2012).Steve Tyrer needs one appearance to reach 200 for his career.Tyrer has played 110 games for Halifax since 2012, and was previously with Widnes (38 games, 2011 & 2008-2009), Salford (20 games, 2010), Celtic Crusaders (9 games, 2009) and St Helens (22 games, 2006-2008).Super League Milestones:Pat Richards needs four points to draw level with Lee Briers in fourth place in the list of all-time Super League pointscorers.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 3,4432 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,4133 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,3764 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,2325 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 2,2286 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,2007 Danny Tickle (Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-2015) 2,1878 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-2016) 1,9629 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,67410 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-2016) 1,501Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 25 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons), Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 134 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 108 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves) 9Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 462 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 453 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 424 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 415 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 397 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 388 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 289 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 2710 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 22Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 86.36 (19/22)2 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 84.78 (39/46)3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.39 (41/51)4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 79.31 (46/58)5 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.24 (42/53)6 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)7 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 77.27 (17/22)8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 76.47 (39/51)9 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 75.00 (45/60)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 73.68 (28/38)Points:1 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1182 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1043 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 994 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 945 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 90 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 877 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 828 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 689 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 64last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgThe scrum half scored a wonderful try and set up two others as Justin Holbrook’s side went two points clear at the top of the table and improved the for and against column, keeping the Broncos scoreless.Holbrook made three changes following the win over Salford with Kevin Naiqama coming in for Matty Costello, Jack Ashworth came in for Matty Lees and Aaron Smith started in place of James Roby, who missed out due to a small niggle.On a wet and windy evening, it didn’t take long for Saints to take the lead. Dom Peyroux picked up a short ball from Fages and crashed his way over the line for the perfect start. Lachlan Coote with the conversion gave saints a 6-0 lead.The Broncos impressed in defence and held firm for over 20 minutes, until Saints broke their resistance and doubled the lead as Kevin Naiqama’s run set up the space for Regan Grace to power over form 20 metres.Saints began to stamp their authority on the game, racking up back to back sets on the Broncos line. Finally the pressure tolled in the 33rd minute as a jinking run from Zeb Taia followed by a fantastic offload to Fages gave him the simple task of scoring to the left of the sticks. Coote tagging on the extras to make it 16-0 at half time.London came out for the second half attempting to get back into the game. Danny Ward’s side had two great spells of pressure on the Saints line, but the defence stood firm with a huge shot from Dominic Peyroux on Morgan Smith which drew cheers from the Totally Wicked crowd.Our little Frenchman Fages found the gap in the defensive line on the 62nd minute and made a 40 metre break before Coote latched onto a pass from the Frenchman to go under the sticks, for his first try in the Red Vee making it 22-0. Coote added the conversion to his own try making him 3 from 4.Naiqama added the icing on the cake after he took a short pass from Fages before rounding the defender to score in the corner to secure a 26-0 win as Saints march on.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Peyroux 2’, Grace 25’, Fages 33’, Coote 62’, Naiqama 77’.Goals: Coote (3 from 5)Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Jack Ashworth.London Broncos:Starting 13: Alex Walker, Elliot Kear, Matthew Fleming, Jacob Ogdenm Rhys Williams, Jordan Abdull, Morgan Smith, Eddie Battye, Eloi Pelissier, Robert Butler, Luke Yates, William Lovell, Matthew Davies.Interchanges: Mark Ioane, Matthew Fozard, Matthew Gee, Sadiq AdebiyiHT: 16-0 FT: 26-0REF: M GriffithsATT: 9090last_img read more