How many people died because the DWP tampered with their benefit applications?

We’ve made the claim before; now Scotland’s Daily Record says it has proof. The Tories have tampered with benefit claims to starve us of cash.

Think about that.

Think about all the people who have died after being denied benefits – either after being driven to despair and suicide, or by the worsening of their illnesses and disabilities, or by starvation.

How many of those happened because the Tories changed their benefit claims – lied about them?

See for yourself:

We lifted the lid on the practice over a year ago when a Scot with multiple sclerosis and mental health problems was accidentally sent before-and-after copies of his assessment for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claim.

The paperwork had been submitted by a health professional after a face-to-face meeting, but was then secretly audited by officials without any follow up conversation.

Both versions were sent back, showing he would have qualified for additional support until his scores were lowered.

The altered copy removed a nurse’s observation that the man needed help to prepare a simple meal. References to his top being on inside out were removed.

The original said he has regular specialist input while the audit brazenly stated he has none.

This is not the only example. Last year, according to the Record, 2,300 claims were altered or refused.

In 460 cases, the applications were said to be unacceptable. In 1,840 more, the paperwork was amended to lower or remove the claimants’ entitlements.

In the benefit system, trust has always been a lopsided concept. The DWP questions everything claimants say, while they are supposed to accept every decision the DWP makes as fair and just.

And now we know that it simply isn’t true.

I guess it just proves the old adage that a liar won’t believe anybody else.

The big question is: what is to be done about this?

And – let’s be honest – why haven’t we done it already?

Source: Fury as ‘secret’ DWP checks see benefits claims marked down – Daily Record

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:



  1. Rik February 7, 2020 at 3:15 am - Reply

    I ain’t been on for a while as been sick.. anyways what the heck can be done?? it’s sickening how this lot can just get away with all this .. how can they sleep at night with all those deaths ??
    . . . . and parliament just goes on as normal without two f***s given to any of them . ..

    What can we do?? no one not even Jeremy Corbyn has stood up on pmq & said about the death toll . . . am getting delusioned that no one cares no one . .

  2. Jeffrey Davies February 7, 2020 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Every year the dwp carries on with its culling of the stock through benefits denial yet every year they lie telling all they helping those who need it yet more are dying because of their denial of benefits aktion T4 at its best

    • Al Taylor February 7, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Dwp are public sector area and as such I believe should be held accountable for the many deaths that they have coursed. In real life it is corporate manslaughter without anyone getting any prison sentence but all the people who have formed this system are well rewarded by the government n the Queen!! About time we all banded tegether as 1 United front and took these dwp murdering scumbags 2 court to get justice done n 2 let the government know who put them there in the 1st place!! My opinion of all of what they say n do is total lies!!

  3. trev February 7, 2020 at 8:02 am - Reply

    It’s outrageous. The actions of a tin-pot Dictatorship , not a responsible government in a civilized country.

  4. Lauretta Pearson February 7, 2020 at 8:02 am - Reply

    My report was altered. Two that stands out is “you were witnessed walking”. Phoned DWP to speak about MR and the DWP Operator said “they will have seen you walking from the car park”. I replied “that’s funny then, i had a home visit and never left my settee”. Also i was witnessed to open a bottle and take a drink. The bottle is an aid it’s designed that way.

  5. Phil Grace February 7, 2020 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Yet another case of involuntary euthanasia which is murder. Based on the only time the DWP released death stats for 2011 it’s fair to estimate the regime had murdered over 100,000 vulnerable people in the last 10 years. This once proud country is not a democracy and no longer civilised.

    • Mike Sivier February 7, 2020 at 10:35 am - Reply

      The Department has been forced to release statistics twice since 2011, to my knowledge. In 2015 I managed to get stats for 2011-2014. And in 2018 Gail Ward secured the stats for 2014-2017.

      Your estimate is pretty fair.

      • Phil Grace February 7, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

        Hi Mike. Can you give me links to these reports? I recently told a judge about what is being covered up.

        • Mike Sivier February 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm - Reply

          If I get time. You should be able to find them fairly easily yourself, if you search They Work For You for FOI responses to questions about deaths associated with the DWP.

      • Phil Grace February 7, 2020 at 11:31 am - Reply

        Big difference though is 2011 figures show 7,100 support group deaths AFTER benefit stopped. Support group are not supposed to be sanctioned but are. Proof of euthanasia programme. These are the stats DWP refuse to release.

  6. Al Taylor February 7, 2020 at 10:42 am - Reply

    The DWP are taking overfrom what the nazis from the last war!!! Wake up and smell the bacon people!! Rich getting richer n the poor just left 2 die!!

  7. timfrom February 7, 2020 at 11:24 am - Reply

    If you’re in a wheelchair, you’ll be able to get a lot closer to your quarry than if not. If your condition is terminal, you have nothing to lose. Do something heroic. You get my drift…

  8. Nudrev February 7, 2020 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    WHY ….are u so surprised? The government want the infirm and OAP out the way, so that they can save money. From experience : delays by more than many month’s to see a specialist.

    • Mike Sivier February 8, 2020 at 1:55 am - Reply

      Why are you suggesting that I would be surprised by what I have written? I have been covering this nightmare for many years.

  9. Jeff Jinx February 7, 2020 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    In a culture where individuals are also getting bonuses from disposing of claims – can it be proved that anyone directly benefited – financially – from this behavior? Because THAT alone must be classed as fraud?

  10. Tony Dean February 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    From:- Todays Guardian.

    At least 69 suicides linked to DWP’s handling of benefit claims
    Watchdog warns true number of cases where claimants took own lives as a result of DWP actions could be far higher

  11. Will February 7, 2020 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    The Daily Record, it should be remembered, is at least partly responsible for the Tories still having anything to do with the benefits system in Scotland.

    • Mike Sivier February 8, 2020 at 1:53 am - Reply

      I’m not familiar with this. Evidence?

  12. Matthew February 15, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

    You would think more would be said about a system where 75 percent of claimants win back their money at tribunal.

    But instead they’re happy to renew contracts and throw money at these companies who are clearly doing poor work. What kind of government continues with a system that probably costs more to administer than it actually saves? And for what? They’re causing just more suffering.

    Said it before, Labour should have attacked the Tories on their horrendous treatment of the disabled above the EU stance. Being confused on the EU did nothing for the party, but a relentless onslaught on their treatment of the disabled would have knocked the Tories down a peg or two.

Leave A Comment