DWP told mother she was too healthy for sick benefits – on the day she died

Husband Mick Amos and daughter Karina Mann, with the letter from the DWP denying sickness benefits to Mrs Amos on the day she died.

Dozens of deaths similar to that of Dawn Amos have been reported. Undoubtedly hundreds – possibly thousands – have taken place in total.

At first, the DWP told us that “lessons would be learned”.

After so many years, I have to ask: What were the lessons these bureaucrats learned? How to deny responsibility for the deaths of innocent people?

In this case, the DWP response is that the decision was based on evidence, including information from Ms Amos’s own GP.

That doesn’t excuse what happened.

Yet it is put forward as the explanation.

The fact is that this woman was entitled to her benefits, and they would have made her more comfortable in the days before her passing. The actual explanation is that a DWP official decided she should live in pain instead.

We’ve heard this story before, and the agenda is clear.

As far as the Conservative-run DWP is concerned, if a person has a long-term illness, they are a “useless eater”, as defined in the ideology of Nazi Germany.

Unlike the Nazis, the Tories don’t actually kill the sick and disabled directly. Instead, they deprive their victims of the money they need to live – so they either starve to death, die of their condition, or take their own lives.

I was writing about this, nearly four years ago.

And nobody has made the Tories, or the DWP, take responsibility.

That is the most sickening part of it.

A mother battling a serious lung condition was told she no longer qualified for benefits on the day she died from her illness.

Dawn Amos, 67, died as a result of suffering chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a collection of lung diseases.

It left her with difficulty breathing, unable to walk for long periods of time, dress herself or do daily tasks independently.

She received attendance allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions to help with the cost of her personal care.

Heartbroken husband Mick Amos, 64, of Masefield Road, Braintree, discovered a letter sent from the department two days after his wife’s death.

It notified Mrs Amos that her allowance was being withdrawn based on ‘treatment, medication, symptoms and test results’.

It had been sent on the day, November 27, Mr Amos had taken the decision to turn off Dawn’s life support machine.

Source: Mum told she’s too healthy for sick benefits on the day she dies


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11 Thoughts to “DWP told mother she was too healthy for sick benefits – on the day she died”

  1. Justin

    High time that those that make these decisions faced criminal law and justice, end of from wca professionals and there contracting companies and fines commensurate to the crime this should not just be limited to the medical side but decision makers and ultimately government ministers and there advisors, you only need a few of them locked up and a suitable candidate for this should be a certain mp for chingford

  2. Pat Sheehan

    I don’t know what the answer to this is Mr Sivier. Your patience and determination to bring this atrocious state of affairs out into the public domain and shame the ‘system’ is legendary. One thing is very clear to me after all this time and that is ‘peaceful protest’ and ‘internet outrage’ has absolutely no effect on ‘conservative’ ministers and ‘conservative’ policy. They would rather spend £100 million pounds to ensure that sick people DO NOT get any money so it is not about ‘cash-strapped UK and austerity’; there is a hideous ideology underlying so many of their policies from illegally deporting ‘British citizens’ to scrapping ‘annoying Health and Safety legislation’ that interferes with their opportunities to make a profit at any cost regardless of lives lost. Yet the tax payer will have to find that £400 million now for re-newing all that inflammable, utterly useless cladding on tower blocks across the country and they can easily find £30 million simply for policing a so called ‘royal wedding’ and can find billions of pounds on a money tree when it comes to propping up their dreadful, rotting hulk of an administration looking close to collapse. The ‘great awakening’ just isn’t happening yet and ‘the answer my friend is blowing in the wind’!

  3. Jeffrey Davies

    aktion t4 at its best rolling along without much of a ado it started with Blair now beating the peasants more through tory ideology. jeff3

  4. Catherine Cooper

    The original article is dated 2016! It is still a shocking indictment of how this government treats very ill people and I am certain that people are still dying today!

    1. Mike Sivier

      I had not noticed that!
      The problem is, people send these articles to my timeline as if they were new. They NEVER point out that these articles are old and sometimes people like myself don’t realise, for one reason or another.
      I have tried appealing to people to be clear about posting old information but many of them pay no attention at all.

  5. I don’t understand why Mrs. Amos was on sanctionable benefits as she was 67 and should be drawing her State pension together with Pension Credit and well beyond the grasp of the Jobcentre. I was in a similar position several years ago just after my stroke in 2011. I was living on Incapacity Benefit as it was back then but I also received a small amount of Pension Credit. Despite recovering from a serious illness I was summoned to a face-to-face interview with Atos in a neighbouring town, bearing in mind I was pretty well housebound with no access to private transport. Fortunately a decent guy in our local DWP called me and advised me to claim 100% Pension Credit which meant I could tell the Jobcentre to do one. He closed my claim on the Friday and on the Monday I was awarded 100% Pension Credit until I qualified for my State pension two years later – I still receive a small amount of Pension Credit. I know this is a bit long-winded but I hope this will help others in a similar situation to safeguard their entitlement to the means of survival. If you qualify for Pension Credit, claim it. The DWP is split into two with the State pension and Pension Credit coming under the Pension Service.

  6. NMac

    This is deliberate evil Tory ideology.

  7. G Millward

    Oh Mike, I could cry when I read things like this I really could. I remember only too well the battle you had with the DWP in 2014 to get them to release the statistics of those who died within 6 weeks of being found fit for work. The tories know they are killing people and they do not care. It is tantamount to murder!

  8. ” … I was writing about this, nearly four years ago ” and do you remember how the DWP replied to our request to update the death figures – “That was only an ad hoc report – we’re not doing that report any more.” !!!??? And what’s changed? They still refuse to account for those bullied off their G4S-secured premises! What they quaintly refer to as the bonus “Off-flow”- those who we feck off and don’t come back! Where are the whistle blowers?

  9. Dawn Amos RIP – ‘will NOT be forgotten!

  10. Lessons will be learned gets intoned every time something happens because the lesson that taught these things has been forgot or ignored.

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