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Covid lockdown and Tory PIP assessment cruelty made woman attempt suicide

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Lockdown cruelty: if you thought this image had been retired for the duration of the Covid crisis, it seems you’re to be disappointed because the Tory government had other plans.

The incompetent – or just plain cruel? – Tory government’s failure to make adequate provision for us all during the Covid-19 lockdown has been worst in the cases of disability benefit claimants, this story shows.

Cambridgeshire Live has published the story of Katy (not her real name), who said the stress caused to her by the Department for Work and Pensions’s assessment for Personal Independence Payment drove her to attempt suicide.

It seems she was put through an assessment interview with an employee of private contractor Capita – and it followed a traumatic pattern that readers of This Site should by now understand well.

Initially offered as a face-to-face interview, the assessment was rescheduled to be on the phone because of the pandemic – and rescheduled three times at the last minute, ensuring that Katy’s mental health support worker could not participate, despite that having been agreed.

The call was pleasant enough but – long-term readers of This Site will know what’s coming – the report that came back was riddled with “gross inaccuracies”.

Denied the benefit, she was forced to file a complaint about the assessor and request a mandatory consideration to receive the funds she deserved.

As a result she was pushed into debt.

In addition – in lockdown and isolated – she had to handle the “incorrect documentation” of a psychiatric assessment.

These symptoms of incompetence by the authorities could not help but exacerbate her condition, which forced her to cope with he side effects of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including nightmares and flashbacks, and limiting her from carrying out daily tasks like washing or shopping.

It all became too much and she tried to take her own life. Fortunately – and all-too-unusually – the attempt failed.

Now – after Katy’s case was taken up by her MP, Disability Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire Live, and may therefore be considered to have become a public relations problem – the government has granted her the highest rate of PIP.

Funny how that happens when there’s a whiff of bad publicity, isn’t it?

Both the DWP and Capita have offered the usual arse-covering soundbites about using all the information available and changing the decision when new facts come forward.

But the fact is that a woman was driven to take her life because of the cruelty of a so-called benefit system that the Tories have perverted into a death-by-deprivation scheme.

This Writer has been campaigning against this deadly policy for years, and the fact that there is now uncontradictable proof that the DWP has been driving people to suicide is welcome.

But I fear I know what will come of it: Absolutely nothing.

Source: PIP payments: ‘The disability benefits assessment made me want to end my life’ – Cambridgeshire Live

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Benefits restored to disabled gran who tried suicide after being told she was fit for work

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

A happy ending for a change – the DWP really is losing its touch.

Normally, we would be reading about benefits being restored only after the claimant has already died.

It is possible that the gran in this story was lucky because she had an MP who wasn’t a Conservative.

Of course she’s not out of the woods yet. The DWP has said she’ll be reassessed in two years, but the Department will undoubtedly do everything in its power to bring that date forward.

A disabled gran who tried to kill herself after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claimed she was ‘fit for work’ has finally had her benefits reinstated, after an SNP MP highlighted her case in Parliament.

The 60-year-old gran of six, who we’ve decided not to identify, was deemed well enough to work after being assessed for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by the private firm Maximus on behalf of the DWP.

She also struggles with arthritis and has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a long-term and chronic condition that causes pain all over her body.

Her case was brought to the attention of Parliament by SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has welcomed the U-turn, after first being reported by the Daily Record.

The disabled Gran attempted suicide by taking pills shortly after receiving a letter from the DWP informing her that she had found ‘fit for work’, following assessment by Maximus, and that her benefits would be slashed.

The family has now been informed that the disabled gran’s ESA will be reinstated and that she will not face reassessment for at least two years.

Source: Disabled gran who attempted suicide after being found ‘fit for work’ has her benefits reinstated


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Why is Grant Shapps surprised about abuse from right-wingers? We’ve been banging on and on about it

Grant Shapps [Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.]


Does anybody really think Grant Shapps didn’t expect to disappear beneath a mountain of abuse after he was outed as the man behind an attempted coup against Theresa May?

We’ve all known for many moons that abuse – particularly online abuse – is more prevalent among right-wingers than anywhere else.

Grant Shapps has told Conservative colleagues that he has been subjected to an unprecedented level of “abuse and bile” since being outed as the ringleader of an attempted coup against Theresa May.

In a leaked email, the former Conservative chair, who was added to a WhatsApp group so that he could read the reams of criticism against him, expressed surprise that attacks even came from those who “most rail against cyberbulling”.

He said he was appalled by the way that his name was briefed to the media and “presented in a simplistic villain versus hero fashion”.

Source: Grant Shapps shocked by ‘abuse and bile’ over coup attempt against PM


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Survivors of Grenfell Tower are trying to commit suicide. Why?

Grief: Firefighters found it hard to keep themselves together as they dealt with the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. How much worse would it have been for residents? [Image: PA].

It may come as scant surprise to you that people who survived the inferno at Grenfell Tower are so troubled by it – and its aftermath – that they are trying to end their own lives.

Survivors’ guilt is a well-documented phenomenon.

But there is also the issue of the treatment these people received after the tragedy – from the public services that are supposed to exist to help victims of such terrible events.

Can anyone say Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council has acted well in this matter? I can’t.

Claiming a network of support is available does not amount to a resounding show of succour in these people’s time of need.

At least 20 survivors and witnesses of the Grenfell Tower fire have attempted suicide, a support network has said.

Silence of Suicide founder Yvette Greenway told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the number was based on conversations with residents.

Campaign group Justice4Grenfell said those working with survivors had heard of 20 suicide attempts, but the BBC has been unable to verify the figure.

A network of support is available, Kensington and Chelsea Council said.

Source: Grenfell Tower: ‘Twenty suicide attempts’ since fire – BBC News


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