The Tories have been forced to release figures showing that 2,380 employment support allowance claimants died after being found fit for work between December 2011 and February 2014.
Ministers have been trying to suppress these statistics for more than three years. The delay and the lack of transparency is a disgrace and has caused huge distress to the families and friends of those affected.
They need to focus on sorting out the assessment process so that everyone can have confidence in it, and provide proper support for disabled people.
Despite growing evidence of the human cost, the government is pressing on with plans to cut support for people who are too ill to work.
The disastrous work capability assessment has been plagued with problems with contractors, poor assessments, costly appeals and widespread human misery.
Ministers need to focus on providing tailored support for disabled people who can work to help them achieve their aspirations.
Cutting the benefits of those who aren’t able to work, such as those with Parkinson’s or cancer or severe mental health problems, is punishing sick and disabled people for the government’s own failures.
People with disabilities need a humane assessment system that provides support in to work where possible and ensures that the social security system treats disabled people with dignity.