This was published last month but is well worth highlighting because of the list of benefit claimants who died while being subjected to questionable behaviour by the Department for Work and Pensions.
I just saw on Twitter a link back to a news story from early this year, claiming that former DWP ministers may be taken to court for the actions of the Department while it was under their control.
The person posting the link was highly cynical about the possibility.
Looking at this prima facie evidence, though, I can only ask:
How soon can it be arranged?
Coroner Michael Oakley said the DWP benefits assessment was key to the death of Nick Barker. Coroner Andrew Haigh concluded the death of Tim Salter was mostly caused by the DWP who drastically reduced his benefit.
Meanwhile these people died under questionable circumstances with the DWP. Cecilia Burns had cancer. The DWP declared her fit for work. She appealed the decision but died shortly after winning her appeal. Chris Cann was housebound after losing both legs and a finger. The DWP insisted he exited his home to attend a fit for work assessment. This shook Chris up badly and he died of a suspected heart attack. Leanne Chambers had depression for years. The DWP sent her a letter to attend a fit to work assessment. She left the house that night and her lifeless body was later found in the River Wear. David Clapson died after because he couldn’t power his fridge to keep his insulin cool after the DWP removed his benefits. DWP responded saying they were following procedure. David Groves stopped work after a string of strokes and a heart attack. DWP told Atos to call him in for a fit to work assessment. He died the night before. His widow said he was in a terrible state and the stress killed him. Stephen Hill suffered heart problems and was waiting for major heart surgery. DWP declared him fit to work following a ten minute Atos check. He died of a heart attack. Edward Jaqcues fatally overdosed because he was not given a correct assessment by the DWP an inquest heard. Brian McArdle was paralysed down one side and couldn’t speak. He died the day after being found fit for work by DWP. Mark Mullins & Helen Mullins died in an apparent suicide pact after not having the correct access to benefits. There are many more people like this.
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