Dear Esther McVey
We are very disappointed to find ourselves having to write once again to you after sending you our Open Letter on the 9th of May 2013, which was signed by over 800 disabled people, family and friends.
We find it astonishing that over a month later we have yet to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of the open letter let alone a reply. Are the opinions of over 800 disabled people, so unvalued by the minister for disabled peopled, that you think it is acceptable to fail to even acknowledge receipt of a letter from them?
You continue to use statistics that have been widely condemned by fellow Mps, Unions and even the Clergy. Once again we ask that you refrain from twisting the statistics about DLA and make some effort to re build confidence in both your department, and government statistics that have become devalued by your department consistent misuse.
When our ministers cannot be trusted to tell the truth about benefits that affect so many vulnerable people and the public at large can no longer trust the statistics that drive reforms, it becomes vital that ministers do everything in their power to rebuild the trust of the public.
If they fail to do so, it becomes incumbent on the systems set in place, to ensure that ministers adhere to the rules placed upon them. And we will endeavour to ensure that process takes place.
Thank You Once Again for Your Time
Jayne Linney and Debbie Sayers