What will the DWP do if a coroner says this mum died because her benefits were cut?

Inquest: did Philippa Day take her own life in despair after benefit assessment provider Capita cut her benefits and demanded that she attend an assessment centre – which was impossible due to her disability?

We’ve been here before, I think. As I recall, coroners tend to back away from criticising the Department for Work and Pensions when disabled benefit claimants die.

But – again, as I recall – questions have been asked about the validity of such inquests after claims were made that some of the relevant evidence was omitted.

This time, it seems very thorough preparations are being made to prevent this from happening; several pre-inquest reviews have been held to discuss the case of Philippa Day.

The mother, from Mapperley, Nottingham, is believed to have taken her own life after a long struggle to have her benefits restored.

When her Disability Living Allowance was converted to the new Personal Independence Payment in January 2019, the government slashed the amount she received from £228 per week to £60.

The most recent pre-inquest hearing centred on discussions between Ms Day, the DWP and private assessment provider company Capita before her death, and the decisions about her benefits that followed.

It seems Capita had demanded that she must attend an assessment centre in person – an impossibility due to her ill-health.

Ms Day was admitted to hospital in August last year – in a coma, according to her family. She never revived and died in October 2019, aged just 27.

The full inquest is due to take place in January.

Let’s hope it makes more sense than some others we have heard recently.

Source: Coroner to examine death of Mapperley mum who died after her benefits were cut – Nottinghamshire Live

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  1. Jeffrey Davies December 19, 2020 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Our very highly trained Hcp are brilliant at their jobs lying through this process . Hmmm yet the DWP will say that their thoughts are with the family and that they had followed procedure it’s only now that we see new evidence that was provided by this claiment and are very sorry for their loss we will learn from it. Sieg heil

  2. Hecuba December 19, 2020 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Agree with the commentator – DWP and fascist tory government will ‘wash their hands of any collective government accountability!’ ‘We all adhered to procedure and it is regrettable this non human died but hey we saved a minute amount of money and now we can waste it on giving it to our crooked fascist cronies!’

    ‘And long may we reign as a fascist dictatorship!’

    This poor woman is not an isolated ‘incident’ rather she is one of innumerable women and men who are being driven to suicide because of the callous and systemic cruelty of the fascist tories. Still never mind Rees-Hogg will claim ‘she should have known better than try to claim money she didn’t earn!’

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