PIP claimant who took her own life had written about unfair assessment report

A disabled woman who took her own life after being told she had lost a benefits appeal had written a letter to civil servants describing the unfairness of the face-to-face assessment that had led to her losing her support.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) took just six days to decide her initial appeal, not long enough for Susan Roberts (pictured) to submit any evidence that could have backed up her claim for personal independence payment (PIP).

A DWP civil servant even told her – in a letter dismissing this initial appeal, known as a mandatory reconsideration – that there was no evidence that she could have submitted that would have changed her mind.

Two months later, she received another letter, this time telling her that a tribunal had also rejected her appeal.

Source: PIP claimant who took her own life had written about unfair assessment report

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5 thoughts on “PIP claimant who took her own life had written about unfair assessment report

  1. jeffrey davies

    its just another figure who died at their hands the dwp will give the same old words out but aktion t4 rolls along without much of a ado

  2. liberationislife

    Heart-rending. Perhaps if MEites received better government and medical support, we would also be less socially isolated and feel less despair. I think many don’t consider that insufficient medical/disability support usually translates into social isolation too, as one becomes less able to go out and even home visits are unlikely when we are too unwell to make our places visitable or keep ourselves clean.

  3. mrmarcpc

    Another victim to be added to the wall that this evil, fascist government has murdered in its mission to kill off all the working class people who are either poor or sick, and nobody’s doing a damn thing to stop them!

  4. toocomplex4justice

    What happened to the old laws concerned with doing harm and causing anguish and financial loss? There can be. Of doubt that if I somebody commits suicide they must have needed help
    one lost life should be enough to justify an investigation but it has gone so far now that people are becoming desensitised and are not shocked at the news of yet another suicide. It takes a lot of suffering before a person can see no other solution than to seek oblivion. That in itself proves that they should have received care from society. If these decision makers great grandparents could see why they are doing they would slap them in the face for destroying everything they fought hard for.
    If these people continue harassing me I might be a victim too but if I am i will make sure I take down some of these b*****ds with me by stating exactly why I I was driven to this In my suicide note and informing the person responsible for making me feel life is no longer worth living due solely to their actions and decisions and giving them a chance to respond before ending it all. That way it will be harder for them to make their usual excuses about complex issues. It’s not complex it’s simple. You make my life unbearable so I end it. It’s your responsibility.

    The way people are being treated is hate crime so why no prosecutions?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      If you end your own life, you have to take some responsibility. It’s the reasons you state for ending it that might make a difference.
      You should not even be thinking of ending your own life.
      As I have said many times on the site and in the comment columns, if you feel so persecuted that you want to end it, you are only doing to Tories’ job for them.
      Why should they have an easy time of it?
      Don’t just lie down and let them do whatever they want – fight!
      After all, you’ve got nothing to lose – right?
      So you complain. You appeal against decisions. You make it as hard for them as you can because that’s what they’re trying to do to you and they have no more right to do that than anybody else.
      The fault is with THEM, not you.
      So don’t give up.
      And don’t let them get away with it.
      Have a word with your local newspapers, too.

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