A Vox Political commenter is currently awaiting confirmation from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman that her brother’s suicide was due to DWP benefit cuts.
Linda Cooksey wrote: “My brother Tim Salter committed suicide on 25th September 2013.
“The coroner’s report stated, ‘Mr Salter … had hanged himself. He had problems with his mental health and was partially sighted.
“‘A major factor in his death was that his state benefits had been greatly reduced leaving him almost destitute and with threatened repossession of his home’. [Bolding mine]
“Tim had just over £50 in money and no food in the house when I found him on that Wednesday lunchtime!”
The DWP’s current mealy-mouthed excuse for these deaths is as follows: “Suicide is a tragic and complex issue and there are often many reasons why someone takes their life, so to link it to one event is misleading.”
Do you believe that? Should anyone?
Right-thinking people must judge this government department’s behaviour on the evidence available. It seems clear that the removal of benefits from a person who quite clearly deserved them – according to Her Majesty’s Coroner – was the most significant element leading to his death.
This could be the fourth confirmed case of DWP ill-treatment leading to the death of a benefit claimant.
One was too many.
When are we going to see justice?
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