The standard DWP excuse when a claimant commits suicide after losing benefits is that there could be many causes and there is nothing to connect the death with the department.

But Ms Roberts died surrounded by letters refusing her the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and with a “do not resuscitate” note by her side.

It is unreasonable to suggest that the DWP’s treatment of her was not the principle reason she took her own life.

Yet that is exactly what has happened here.

And neither the police nor the coroner service want to get involved. Why?

A disabled woman who lost her disability benefits because of a controversial reassessment process took her own life just two days after being told her appeal had failed.

The body of Susan Margaret Roberts (pictured) was discovered by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP).

The long-term claimant of disability living allowance (DLA) had also placed a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) note by her side.

There have been many cases involving deaths connected with claims for out-of-work disability benefits and the work capability assessment (WCA) system, but this appears to be the first time a death has been closely linked to someone losing their support in the move from DLA to PIP.

Source: PIP investigation: Woman took her own life two days after learning of failed PIP appeal

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