And it supports the growing consensus that Conservatives want to stop court cases involving child abuse.

Now, why would they want to do that?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has again broken its promise to stop harassing a traumatised benefit claimant while he waits to give vital evidence in a child abuse trial.

Disability News Service (DNS) has been reporting on the continuing harassment of David* by DWP since 2016, when former minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson (picturedfaced calls to resign after threatening to stop his benefits if he failed to co-operate with an Atos reassessment.

David is a key witness in the trial and has been told by police not to discuss his case with anyone, or to allow DWP or Atos access to his medical records, because court proceedings are live and the case is sub-judice.

He has severe post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by the horrific sexual abuse he suffered as a child, and which has led to several suicide attempts.

The toll of the criminal investigation on his mental health has also been harrowing, resulting in a series of self-harm episodes.

Last year, DWP broke its promise not to harass David, after Atos asked him to attend a face-to-face personal independence payment (PIP) assessment.

Atos made it clear that DWP had failed to include any note asking it not to contact David on the file it received about his PIP claim.

Now David has been contacted again, with DWP sending him a text message last week warning him that he would be sent a PIP2 How Your Disability Affects You form, which he would need to complete and return.

David said that DWP’s behaviour “completely dehumanises me, violates my privacy and strips away any remaining dignity”.

Source: DWP breaks promise again to stop harassing abuse survivor over benefit claim

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