'Ministers have been accused of wasting taxpayers’ cash in a legal fight to “suppress”
the results of fitness-to-work tests, to protect the “commercial interests” of private firms.
The Information Commissioner ordered the release of the information about controversial Work Capability Assessments (WCAs), which have been repeatedly attacked as cruel and unfair.
It would reveal the monthly performance details from each testing centre used to decide if people are sick or disabled enough to receive benefits.
But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is now appealing the watchdog’s ruling to a legal tribunal, dragging out the case until at least November.
More than 2.300 people have died after being told they were no longer eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a previous freedom of information battle showed.
MPs have protested about people with serious health conditions – including cancer patients awaiting operations and a stroke victim in hospital – being judged fit-to-work and being stripped of benefits.'