Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock exposed having ‘drinks’ instead of attending key disability debate
Health issues are low on the agenda for most Tories judging by the lack of them taking part in these debates. But what about key people who really should have taken the time to be there? Where were they? Over the past few years we have been finding out.
This piece looks at Matt Hancock, who was Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at the time yet incredibly even he didn’t bother to turn up.
Throughout this investigation Matt Hancock’s department tried to cover up his activities during the key disability debate. First they claimed it would breach the Data Protection Act if they told us what he was up to.
Later they claimed disabled people didn’t have a right to know what he was doing as it was ‘personal’.
Beyond that they even wrote private letters to the Information Commissioner with other excuses as to why they wanted the information to be kept a secret.
The Information Commissioner wasn’t having any of it though. On 11th September 2020 she ruled against them.
She stated the exemption was ‘wrongly placed’ on the requested information and they ‘must release it within 35 working days or risk being held in Contempt of Court’.
Her notice was published on the ICO website for all to see.
The Department for Health and Social Care did not respect the decision of the ICO and appealed it – 3 months AFTER the expiry date.
Perhaps someone felt it would harm Matt Hancock’s chances of becoming Prime Minister if the public found out why he didn’t attend a key disability debate? After all who would been seen to vote for a person who couldn’t even be bothered to turn up for a debate like this?
On 13th April 2021 we were informed the DHSC withdrew its appeal and we were finally shown what Matt Hancock was doing instead of attending this important debate.
His diary reveals he WAS INDEED having drinks at the time. That’s right. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock was having drinks instead of attending this key disability debate. Video. Transcript.
This wasn’t the only time Hancock felt he had more important places to be. He failed to attend the following key disability debate when Debbie Abrahams read out the names of DWP’s victims. This so-called Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has no interest in sick and disabled people. For this reason he should not be considered for the role of Prime Minister at any point.
You can read about what other Tories were up to at the time here.
Tory Home Office caught spending public money in beauty, personal care, pet shops and Adobe subscriptions
We recommend all taxpayers take a keen interest in how the Tory government spends your money.
Today while browsing through Home Office spends we noticed many suspicious transactions.
Here is a selection of pet-related items they’re having you pay for.
|17/01/2019||947.19||MEDIVET – FAYGATE|
|23/01/2019||602.85||BURNHAM HSE VET SUPPLIES|
|20/05/2019||587.64||MONSTER PET SUPPLIES|
|20/05/2019||530.12||VITAL PET GROUP|
|24/06/2019||835.00||BURNHAM PET SUPPLIES|
|10/07/2019||791.99||MONSTER PET SUPPLIES|
|31/01/2020||3,299.40||TUFFIES DOG BEDS|
|22/02/2020||979.61||MONSTER PET SUPPLIES|
|22/04/2020||509.50||PET DRUGS ONLINE|
|22/07/2020||744.72||VITAL PET PRODUCTS|
|27/07/2020||587.92||MONSTER PET SUPPLIES|
People in the Home Office also spend your money in hair and beauty shops.
|24/01/2020||500.00||CLAUDIA LAMB INDEPENDENT|
|24/01/2020||500.00||CLAUDIA LAMB INDEPENDENT|
|24/01/2020||500.00||CLAUDIA LAMB INDEPENDENT|
|24/01/2020||500.00||CLAUDIA LAMB INDEPENDENT|
|23/03/2020||806.40||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|23/03/2020||1,013.00||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|23/03/2020||2,625.80||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|24/03/2020||8,433.60||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|24/03/2020||19,555.20||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|24/03/2020||20,160.00||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
|02/04/2020||864.00||HAIR THERE AND EVERYWHERE|
|06/04/2020||10,000.00||GLOBAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS|
|06/04/2020||20,000.00||GLOBAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS|
|22/04/2020||564.48||SP BEAUTIFUL BROWS|
If the above wasn’t outrageous enough they also have you paying for their Adobe software subscriptions while UK children starve.
Each transaction of £596.33 is for an annual subscription to Adobe’s ENTIRE software range. Here’s what their website says “Creative cloud gives you the entire collection of Adobe creative tools for your desktop and mobile. Enhance and perfect your photos with Photoshop and Lightroom. Create logos, graphics and icons with Illustrator. Produce printed documents like postcards, flyers, posters and magazines and business material like business cards, brochures and reports with InDesign. Design and publish websites with Dreamweaver and create prototypes of mobile apps with Adobe XD. Make stunning videos for film, TV and web.” Our question is why do Home Office staff need to spend public money on software to create logos, graphics, magazines, websites and videos?
Take a look at their purchases.
|17/02/2020||596.33||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
|17/02/2020||596.33||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
|21/02/2020||596.33||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
|24/02/2020||596.33||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
|29/06/2020||849.60||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
|16/07/2020||596.33||Creative Cloud Indiv|
|28/09/2020||596.33||ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD|
Can you think of any valid reason why the Home Office would spend your money like this?
Procurement fraud cost the taxpayer £10 BILLION in 2017.
Johnson finally admits he should have locked the country down sooner but he still doesn’t want public to know when he was FIRST advised to lock down
On 14th March 2021, according to the Telegraph, Boris Johnson finally admitted that he should have put the country into lockdown sooner than 23rd March 2020. Perhaps he was discussing our Freedom of Information request which asked for documents showing when he was first advised to lock down.
We know he was advised to lock down on 14th March 2020 but his office doesn’t want the public to know when he was first advised to do so. In fact if you look beyond our request it appears they haven’t said much of anything.
It is our belief the Tories don’t want public attention drawn to just how many people in the UK died of Covid-19 between January 2020 and April 2020. Many people just assume the deaths didn’t start happening until March 2020 but this is untrue. The first recorded death of a UK citizen according to the National Statistics Office (NSO) was on 30th January 2020.
Extract from NSO Daily provisional non-cumulative figures on death occurrence where coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate in the UK
|Date||UK||England||Scotland||Wales||Northern Ireland||What happened|
|01/03/2020||Johnson visits patients suffering from the virus without a mask and later boasts that he shook hands with everyone despite three UK deaths. Watch the video.|
|02/03/2020||1||1||0||0||0||Johnson chairs his first COBRA meeting on Covid-19, after not attending the previous five on the day that fourth UK person dies.|
|03/03/2020||0||0||0||0||0||Johnson launches an ‘action plan’|
|04/03/2020||1||1||0||0||0||Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty warns there will be deaths on the day that fifth UK person dies.|
|05/03/2020||2||2||0||0||0||Johnson shakes more hands on day that seventh UK person dies|
|06/03/2020||2||2||0||0||0||Foreign office issues quarantine warning to Brits returning from Italy instead of all arrivals on day that ninth UK person dies.|
|07/03/2020||0||0||0||0||0||Government promises an uninterrupted supply of PPE as London hospital reports shortages.|
|08/03/2020||2||2||0||0||0||Johnson visits flood-hit Worcestershire as local accuses him of ‘stage-managed PR affair’ on day that eleventh UK person dies.|
|09/03/2020||5||5||0||0||0||Culture Secretary says there is no reason for people to not attend events or cancel them on the day that five more people die in UK.|
|10/03/2020||3||3||0||0||0||Over 60,000 racegoers are allowed to pack into the stands at the Cheltenham Festival on day that nineteenth UK person dies.|
|11/03/2020||7||7||0||0||0||The World Health Organisation declares coronavirus a pandemic. Day 2 of Cheltenham is allowed. Liverpool FC host Atletico at Anfield in front of 52,000 people. Tory MPs pat Sunak on the back. Today another seven UK people die.|
|12/03/2020||13||11||2||0||0||Johnson announces he will hold daily press conferences to update the public and warns ‘many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time’. Today another thirteen UK people die.|
|13/03/2020||16||16||0||0||0||No10 announces mass gatherings such as sports events, gigs and conferences, will be banned but only from the following week. A Whitehall source suggests the move is to help free up emergency services rather than curb the virus spread. Today another sixteen UK people die.|
|14/03/2020||21||19||2||0||0||One of the times Johnson was advised to lock down as another twenty one UK people die.|
|15/03/2020||30||28||1||1||0||Spain & France follow Italy and impose lockdown restrictions. Hancock says government plans to ask vulnerable and elderly to stay at home but not yet. Today another thirty UK people die.|
|16/03/2020||49||43||3||3||0||Johnson said “Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and travel“.|
|17/03/2020||58||54||3||1||0||The Imperial study emerges publicly, and blows apart the government’s strategy of “mitigating” the virus by finding it will still lead to 250,000 deaths.|
|18/03/2020||73||66||4||2||1||Johnson yet again stops short of announcing a full lockdown, instead saying: “We will not hesitate to go further, and faster, in the days and weeks ahead.” Today seventy three more UK people die.|
|19/03/2020||79||71||4||4||0||No10 says there is zero prospect of any travel restrictions being placed on travelling in or out of London. It’s not happening. Two hundred and eighty six UK people have now died.|
|20/03/2020||117||108||5||4||0||Clubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, bookies and gyms are finally told to shut their doors from midnight, as children have their final day at school. Today another one hundred and seventeen UK people died.|
|21/03/2020||141||124||7||9||1||With no legal restrictions in force thousands of people are allowed to gather. Today another one hundred and forty one UK people died.|
|22/03/2020||182||171||6||4||1||Johnson announces shielding for more than a million vulnerable Brits at a press conference where journalists are still asked to attend in person. Today another one hundred and eighty two UK people died.|
|23/03/2020||206||188||7||7||4||Johnson announced the first lockdown in the UK, ordering people to ‘stay at home’. By the end of today nine hundred and thirty two UK people will have died according to the National Statistics Office.|
|25/03/2020||336||298||22||12||4||Coronavirus Act 2020 gets Royal Assent|
|26/03/2020||409||370||23||12||4||Lockdown measures legally come into force|
|16/04/2020||1316||1144||101||55||16||Lockdown extended for ‘at least’ three weeks|
|30/04/2020||778||658||68||39||13||Johnson says “we are at the peak of the pandemic”|
Cumulative deaths where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate
|03/06/2020||52,935||45,821||4,009||2,322||783||Johnson says he is ‘very proud’ of the government response to Covid-19. By the end of today 52,935 UK people will have died.|
|01/01/2021||92,865||79,180||6,686||5,169||1,830||By the end of today 92,865 UK people will have died.|
|16/02/2021||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||We asked DHSC to provide details of what it did to tackle Covid-19 during January 2020.|
|16/03/2021||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||DHSC told us it needed more time to determine if it was in the public interest to show us what it did to tackle Covid-19 during January 2020.|
|25/03/2021||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Grieving families united in call for Covid inquiry demand ‘tell us why they died’.|
|15/04/2021||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||Not yet released||DHSC claimed it still needed more time to decide whether it’s in your interest to reveal what work it did to tackle Covid-19 back in January 2020.|
It is our view that the Prime Minister should be held to account not only for those who died of Covid-19 up to 23rd March 2020 but also those who ultimately died of the virus after catching it from someone exposed directly or indirectly prior to the first lock down.
Of particular importance though is that he is held to account for those who died as a direct or indirect result of him not locking the country down after first being advised to do so. He knew full well more people would die if he didn’t lock the country down and yet he still dithered and delayed. That’s why it’s so important the public know when he was first advised to lock down. Imagine if it was February, for instance. All those people who would still be alive if only they knew it was unsafe to mix with people.
The Prime Minister’s Office says you do not have the right to know when he was first advised to lock down but we think they are trying to cover up for all the lives lost. The Information Commissioner currently has possession of this information and is deciding if it should be released. This piece shall be updated to reflect her decision.
Further source about Boris Johnson’s ‘regrets’.
In 2001, the then Labour Government pledged to eradicate child poverty by 2020, but 20 years later, predictions claim more than five million children will be living in deprivation by the end of 2021. Of course, Labour couldn’t fulfil the pledge since they were voted out in 2010. If voters thought the Tories would sort it out they now know otherwise!
It was shocking to note all the reports ended in the same way. The presenters informed us that they asked for an interview with a Tory DWP spokesperson but no-one was available despite being given 12 days notice. It was the same each time.
History has shown us time and again that the Tories are not interested in these issues. When Tory Amber Rudd was in charge at the DWP she avoided a key disability debate to have Christmas drinks. When Theresa May was Prime Minister she avoided the same debate in favour of Christmas drinks. Meanwhile Hancock’s department prefers to spend more taxpayers money trying to fight the release of what he was doing instead of attending the key disability debate. Collectively this shows the contempt Tories have for such important issues.
Matt Hancock sank to new lows today when he claimed there was never a PPE shortage during the pandemic. Doctors and MPs condemned the UK health secretary as “deeply insulting” on Tuesday after he insisted that his team had delivered protective equipment for frontline NHS staff in the “teeth of a pandemic”.
Perhaps he should tell that to the nurses who were forced to wear bin bags because of the PPE shortage. Perhaps he should tell the NHS staff who were told to wear aprons instead of protective gowns.
Shortly after the bin bag story broke, the chief coroner curiously issued ‘guidance’ to his underlings not to blame Tory PPE shortages when considering the deaths of NHS staff.
We asked the Department of Health and Social Care to provide us with Hancock’s evidence, if it exists.
In its article on 24th November 2020, the Independent reported that inside the Cabinet Office exists an ‘Orwellian’ unit which shares information about journalists and sends edicts out to other departments ordering them to protect certain information.
This could explain the actions of the Department of Health and Social Care. They are presently risking a summary court judgment of Contempt for refusing to release what Secretary of State Matt Hancock was up to that he couldn’t be present in a key disability debate. We already found out then Prime Minister, Theresa May, missed it so she could have Christmas drinks!
It could also explain the failure of Department for Work and Pensions to provide various pieces of key information. They are already under criminal investigation for trying to conceal or destroy it.
The Tories have been trying to water down the Freedom of Information Act since 2010.
The Information Commissioner has been informed.
The findings are potentially huge as they could lead to further criminal investigations into multiple Government departments. If it turns out they’ve been trying to conceal or destroy information to prevent release, it can lead to a prison term for those responsible under Section 77.
Currently the Department for Work and Pensions can apply to access the bank account activity of any claimant they suspect of benefit fraud. The Tories are thinking about changing this though. They want to monitor the bank accounts of every person on Universal Credit regardless of whether they’re suspected of benefit fraud.
For anyone not specifically on Universal Credit, don’t think you’ve escaped attention yet, because once they get access to the above they’ll inevitably want to see the accounts of all other benefit claimants too!
For those not on benefits saying “Nothing to hide, nothing to fear“, we have something for you to think about. After being given access to all of the above, why stop there? Why not give HM Revenue & Customs the power to monitor the accounts of every UK citizen? For the moment, just like the DWP, HMRC can only apply for access to accounts of those they suspect of fraud – and they don’t appear to be doing a good job of that according to the Annual Fraud Indicator figures we’ve read.
The above reflects how little the Tories are doing to claw back public money stolen by their chums committing tax fraud (shown in red), and procurement fraud too (shown in yellow), compared with benefit fraud (shown in purple). If you’re wondering why there isn’t a more recent Annual Fraud Indicator, there used to be a government department dedicated to producing one of these guides almost every year, but the Tories abolished it. Our guess is the facts are a bit too inconvenient for their poisonous mantra.
You may be interested in this Freedom of Information request we submitted to the DWP about the matter. We think it would cost more public money to do it than it would save.
Where will it all end?
There will still be some people who don’t have a problem with any of this, but we think it wouldn’t stop there either. Do you really want government departments being able to create their own spreadsheets with your personal financial information and make judgments about what you’re spending your money on? Donating to feed hungry kids? We know already the Tories don’t like that. Think of the ways they could take out their revenge if they don’t approve such bank transactions.
With their record of leaking information there would be nothing to stop it ending up online for all to share. We’ve already seen how the likes of Iain Duncan Smith’s home address was shared online. Do you really think your details would be any safer?
On 10th November 2020 it was reported that they carelessly left the details of 6000 benefit claimants online for everyone to see.
Throughout this Covid-19 pandemic, accusations have been made by various NHS staff members countrywide that they’ve not been supplied with enough PPE to keep them safe.
We’ve had cases of: NHS doctors lacking PPE being ‘bullied’ into treating Covid-19 patients. NHS staff forced to use bin liners because of failures to supply them with enough PPE. NHS staff gagged over PPE shortages. There have even been reports of NHS staff being asked to sacrifice themselves due to a lack of PPE.
Even the coroners investigating NHS staff deaths from Covid-19 have been ordered not to consider the PPE shortfall as a factor in these deaths.
Doctors have launched a High Court challenge against the Tories over their refusal to hold a public inquiry into the PPE shortage.
With all of that in mind, we asked the Department of Health and Social Care for records of what PPE it delivered to which hospitals and when over a three-month period. The request was refused because it exceeded cost limitations. We tried various ways to get this information, so far without success. Despite it clearly being in the public interest to see records telling us if the Tories really weren’t delivering enough PPE to keep staff safe, the public interest apparently doesn’t matter when cost limitations are exceeded. Even when deaths are involved.
Without serious intervention, there is absolutely nothing in place to prevent the Department of Health and Social Care from effectively destroying evidence that it potentially allowed NHS staff to die without sufficient protection. We think that stinks.
Some time ago we asked the Tory DWP to provide a list of electronic items such as USB pen drives it owned that were subsequently lost or stolen from 2018 onwards. After ignoring the request for as long as possible, they only bothered to respond after being ordered by the Information Commissioner to do so.
When they did bother to respond it was to tell us the information isn’t stored in a proper way so they can’t readily provide it.
This means it has no central record of everything it has lost containing personal claimant data.
This is a shocking admission. They have bits of the data stored all over the place because they can’t be bothered to keep proper records centrally.