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The DWP says it is “irresponsible to suggest a causal link between the death of an individual and their benefit claim”, and “mortality rates among people with serious health conditions are likely to be higher than those among the general population”.
That’s all very well, but at the time of Mr Shawcross’s death, the DWP was saying that he was perfectly fit and healthy, and should be looking for work.
And is the Department seriously trying to tell a grieving widow that she is being “irresponsible” by drawing a logical conclusion from the events that led to her husband’s death?
It would be useful for all of us to hear that conversation!
A widow was horrified when a letter arrived for her late husband saying he had won his appeal against his sickness benefits being axed.
Graham Shawcross, 63, had potentially fatal Addison’s disease, but was ruled fit to work last November and had his £400-a-month incapacity benefit halted.
He died of a heart attack in February this year.
Yvonne, his wife of 23 years, claims the stress of losing his benefits, and of launching an appeal against the decision, caused his death.
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