This is an update to the original story published on 19th July 2013:Successful E-Petition on benefits heads to parliament

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) was supposed to be attending the Work and Pensions Select Committee on 4th September 2013 to answer questions about his use of statistics to make political points. This was the official response to a successful “E-Petition”(over 100,000 signatures) filed by Jayne Linney from Leicester and her friend Debbie Sayers.

However Jayne Linney has posted an update on her website after she received the news he would not be attending to answer questions on 4th September as planned. To explain the latest this is the update from Jayne Linney:

After last week’s post where we confirmed IDS WOULD be attending the W&P Select on Sept 4; we now have yet a further update!!

Sheila Gilmore MP yesterday wrote:

“I am afraid that IDS is now NOT coming to the meeting on September 4. This was always going to be a session on the Department’s annual report as well as the statistics and apparently the Annual Report is not ready. A new date is being sought but this is now unlikely to be before October, which is extremely disappointing”

Clearly this is NOT what we want but there’s nothing we can do except continue with our plans to formally submit our petition to Parliament; actual date to follow; this is disappointing to say the least but it makes our petition all the more relevant as it reads – “Work & Pensions Committee: Hold IDS to account for his use of statistics”.

Entering 100,492+ signatures into the Commons should help the members of the W&P Select ensure that IDS DOES attend in Oct & that he IS held to account. So we ask you all to continue to work with and share, Tweet ,talk about the petition and let’s do everything we can to make sure IDS DOES is made to answer for his Untruths and to remind Parliament WE the People Deserve the TRUTH!

Further Reading

The original “E-Petition” filed by Jayne Linney & Debbie Sayers
Jayne Linney announces her and Debbie Sayers petition has reached 100,000 signatures (12/06/13)
UPDATE – IDS WILL answer for misusing Stats (on Jayne Linney’s website)
Jayne Linney’s website
Debbie Sayers website
Jayne Linney on Twitter
Debbie Sayers on Twitter
HM Government “e-petitions” website