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Clifford Watson says his girfriend’s benefit sanction triggered her ill health and death.

The current focus on Tory benefit cuts harming the mental health of claimants – leading to suicide – should not obscure the fact that government cuts can kill in other ways.

Amy Driver’s case is all-too-common; the Department for Work and Pensions sanctioned her out of Employment and Support Allowance, meaning she could not afford to manage her condition properly.

She was given useless advice and her medical condition worsened until she died.

Note also that her benefit was sanctioned because she had been summoned to a hospital appointment at the same time as she was asked to attend the Job Centre. This, also, is common.

Too common to be a coincidence, in This Writer’s opinion.

The sanction after a clash of commitments and the useless advice on managing a self-evident medical condition seem to be straight out of some DWP manual.

Of course, the death may be recorded as due to a worsening of Ms Driver’s condition and the DWP can therefore wash its hands of any responsibility.

That’s how the Tories get away with it.

A man says he blames the Government for the death of his partner who slipped into a diabetic coma after her benefits were stopped.

Amy Driver, 27, was given a four-week sanction after she missed one appointment at the Job Centre due to a hospital appointment, Clifford Watson claims.

Clifford, who cannot work due to a disability, said the halt in their income meant she couldn’t afford to eat properly – which triggered the low blood sugar attack.

When they complained Job Centre staff told her to go to a food bank, he alleges.

Clifford said: “She was told to go to a food bank – we called one and they said they didn’t have suitable food for diabetics.

“She was literally killed by the Government.”

Source: Diabetic woman, 27, died after slipping into a coma when her benefits were stopped and she ‘couldn’t afford to eat’ – inews.co.uk

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