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This excellent Canary article goes on to say that Valerie Grant’s stepson reportedly shouted: “It is just being swept under the carpet. One agency blames another agency and they can get away with it,” after Coroner Andrew Haigh commented: “There were a number of agencies involved, but nobody took a lead. I do have concerns about the lack of support, but I don’t think there’s any one agency that I can write to, to try to remedy this.”

It seems the stepson had it exactly right.

Mr Haigh has previously said the issue of whether there was an increase in suicides due to benefit cuts was worth exploring – but the DWP has steadfastly refused to consider any kind of investigation. It simply parrots the same line about there being many and complex reasons for people to take their own life.

This Site’s response has always been to ask what the triggering factor was.

In this case it seems obvious. Don’t you think?

A mother took her own life after the government took away nearly all her disabled son’s benefits and support, a coroner has ruled.

BBC News reported that 73-year-old Valerie Grant of Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, “walked in front of a train” and died in April 2017.

Prior to this, her severely autistic son had lost a job placement as a bin man, was not entitled to support via a day care centre, had been turned down for accommodation, had lost his Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments, and was refused a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Grant had reportedly told mental health workers: “What have I got to do? Top myself to get help for my son?”

Read more: A mother took her own life after the DWP cut her disabled son’s benefits


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