Hancock lied yet again: if anything, suicides have INCREASED during the Covid-19 pandemic

There was a time when lying to Parliament meant immediate expulsion but don’t expect to see deceitful health secretary Matt Hancock thrown out on his ear. When the whole government is corrupt, he is merely one liar among many. His latest attempt to mislead us is in the number of people committing suicide. He told the Commons that figures for England showed a decrease but this is not true. Here’s Full Fact: “Some cautiously positive news announced today ​by the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of suicides during the…

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Covid lockdown and Tory PIP assessment cruelty made woman attempt suicide

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. 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…

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£1 million in bonuses for DWP bosses who cut benefits and ramped up poverty

Tories rely on selfishness for their power – and this story seems to show that they have a point. Bosses at the Department for Work and Pensions have pocketed £1 million in bonuses for imposing a system that has plunged the most vulnerable people in the UK into poverty, despair and in many cases suicide. What do they care? They’ve made a pretty penny from it! The Tory reward for cruelty means the number of people in poverty totals 22 per cent of the population. In 2017 – three years ago…

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Deaths mount as people buckle under the strain of false accusation

The stories that follow are not tragedies. They are the results of small-minded persecution by petty creeps who want a few cheap kicks. Remember that. As I write this, it is still only a day since This Site published its article on the 25 Labour Party members who were expelled in a single day. Within hours, I received this, via Twitter: https://twitter.com/moodynews101/status/1228592972419215361 It’s true. Pauline Hammerton, a long-term Labour activist from Hulme, in Manchester, had been expelled on February 4 under one of the fast-track processes I described in my…

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Don’t believe DWP pledge to learn from cases linked to suicide – we’ve heard it all before

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued some pretty words in response to a damning report linking it to at least 69 suicides. The National Audit Office said it could not be sure how many deaths could be linked to poor practice at the government department because the system is so muddled. So on Monday (February 10), the DWP made a lot of promises. DWP told the NAO that [it] will look at how its Internal Process Reviews are used to improve processes and prevent harm in future, across…

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Dozens of suicides linked to DWP benefit bungling – with many, many more likely to be hidden

The National Audit Office has linked suicides with the DWP’s poor handling of benefit claims. But the official auditor cannot say how many deaths were caused by the government department’s deliberate benefit bungling because it has failed to carry out required support work. Is this incompetence? Or is it a deliberate attempt to hide the facts? Perhaps that should be the focus of the next investigation. The NAO launched its investigation last year after then-chair of the Commons Work and Pensions committee, Frank Field, complained that the DWP had blocked his requests…

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Ministers STILL won’t assess impact of benefit sanctions – in case it PROVES a link to suicide?

This isn’t the first time the Department for Work and Pensions and the Tory ministers running it have turned down a demand to assess the impact of benefit sanctions on claimants. They’ve been doing it for years. But it’s nice to see that public disgust with the implication behind it is growing. Employment minister Mims Davies responded to a Parliamentary question on the subject, said no assessment has been made of any link between benefit sanctions and mental health problems in claimants, including suicidal tendencies. But look at the reactions…

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New evidence fuels demand for inquest uncovering DWP role in the death of Jodey Whiting

Remember Jodey Whiting? She’s the woman who took her own life after the Department for Work and Pensions ignored its own policies for safeguarding benefit claimants no fewer than five times while dealing with her case. The DWP scorned calls for an independent inquiry into deaths related to its decisions, prompted by Ms Whiting’s death – even after tens of thousands of people signed a petition demanding it. Now her mother, Joy Dove, has launched a demand for a new inquest, saying the interests of justice demand it after new evidence…

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Watchdog to investigate after DWP refuses to provide information on benefit-related suicides

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to investigate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its refusal to provide figures on the number of benefit claimants who have committed suicide. It seems the situation at the DWP is so bad that the NAO may attempt to collate the figures itself, if the government department fails to co-operate. Ministers denied a request from Frank Field MP, who chairs the Commons Work and Pensions committee. In a letter to the NAO, he stated: “I struggle to believe that, given the time…

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A man left a note blaming the DWP for his suicide – and it is STILL trying to evade responsibility

If delegates at the Labour conference thought Jodey Whiting was a solitary case of DWP negligence leading to death, they should consider that of Ayman Habayeb. Ms Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, told delegates at a Labour conference fringe meeting how the Department for Work and Pensions ignored its own safeguarding procedures on five separate occasions before her daughter committed suicide. And the DWP destroyed a document detailing similar failures on only 18 other Job Centres, after a Freedom of Information request was submitted, demanding its release. Now we learn of…

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