‘Universal Credit killed my dad’ says grieving daughter

Daughter of the deceased: Leann Bailey.

Another benefit-related death.

This gentleman could not cope with the computer-orientated Universal Credit system – and the hostile attitude of staff at the Department for Work and Pensions drove him to suicide.

Note that the DWP’s spokesperson said, “Suicide is a very complex issue,” as though that absolves the government of its responsibility in this matter. It does not.

We need an independent inquiry into the fatalities that have been incurred since the Conservatives – no, since New Labour – started changing the benefit system to make it unbearable for claimants.

Labour needs to promise it.

A grieving daughter has hit out at the Universal Credit benefit system, claiming that the pressures that it put on her father led him to take his own life.

Grimsby man Brian Bailey, 59, tragically took his own life on Tuesday, July 17, after allegedly “becoming overwhelmed” with the pressures that the new benefit system had put on him, feeling that he could not cope with the uncertainty regarding his payments, and constantly fearing being evicted from his home.

His daughter Leann Bailey has now hit out at the “complete mess” that she thinks Universal Credit has become, feeling that if changes are not made soon, other vulnerable people could find themselves in the same position as her father.

Leann is now calling on the Department of Work and Pensions to create a welcome pack or information leaflet that would help vulnerable people who are not computer literate properly understand the new benefit system that they are using.

Source: ‘Universal Credit killed my dad’ – grieving daughter slams system after tragic death – Grimsby Live

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1 thought on “‘Universal Credit killed my dad’ says grieving daughter


    Pretty sure DWP are breaking Accessibilty & Equality Laws with thwis UC farce. Why are they getting away with it. I worked in HR?Recruitment & we HAD to send paper applications if folk did not wish or could not apply online. It was something that HAD to be on pur Website by law!. DWP do not have an Accessability Statement per say because they believe they have made it very accessable..it does not take into consideration literacy competence!

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