With considerable thanks to Sam Miller @
Please read more about their ethos here: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/about/
14 Sep 2015 — The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
published guidance to Jobcentre officials who decide whether claimants
should have their payments stopped.
The guidance says: “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to
suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without:
1. essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or
2. sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks.”
“The Decision Maker must decided if the health of the person with the
medical condition would decline more than a normal healthy adult.”
I have compiled a list of the deceased and those who have been adversely affected using the information from these sites http://twishort.com/0x9gc http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/…/uk-welfare-reform…/ https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/…/death-after-fit…/ https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/…/list-of-welfare…/.
I fully agree with the assertion of Welfare Tales that these are the
deaths that we know of because a friend, relative or the coroner has
Sadly to say there are probably many more and as more of these
horrific cases come to light. They will never be forgotten, by their
families, friends and those who they touched in their day to day lives.
If you are feeling suicidal, please speak to your doctor and / or
someone close to you. Or please call The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.
In memorial R.I.P
Added March 2016
Chae Bennett aged 21, committed suicide on April 15
this year in woodland near his family home takes his own life, because
he was let down by a system already underfunded http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-0b49-Mum-ordered-to-pay-back-dead-sons-benefits#.Vtnm9-aBQ4o
Stephen Lynam Aged 53 He suffered from Anxiety and
Depression as well as high blood pressure, a heart condition and
muscular-skeleton problems. Found Fit for Work, he waited for 22weeks to
here that he his Mandatory Reconsideration had been refused and died
not long after hearing that he could appeal the decision.
Added February 2016
Paul Donnachie who suffered from “severe” mental
health issues, had been declared fit to work after he failed to attend a
work capability assessment in June was found dead at his home after an
error saw his payments stop and he owed more than £3,000 in unpaid rent.
Upon realising their mistake, the council sent Mr Donnachie a letter
telling him his benefits would be reinstated. But by the time it arrived
it was too late – it was found unopened in his flat along with his
Added January 2016
Peter Anthony Limacher, who suffered from anxiety
and depression as well as substance misuse, had low mood and anxiety,
and worries about debt, after he had also lost his disability living
allowance. He was described as a “kind hearted and loyal person”, died
on May 14 when he was found hanging in his home. North Wales Pioneer
News Nov 11 /15
Frances McCormack, aged 53, had been badgered for Bedroom Tax
after the death of her 16 year old son Jack Allen in 2013, the coroner
heard. A mother threatened with eviction from the house where her son
took his own life was found hanged in the same spot, an inquest heard. A
handwritten note written 10 days previously was found in her bedroom,
part of which was addressed to David Cameron on the hardship the Bedroom
Tax was causing. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grieving-mum-found-hanged-near-7223683#ICID=sharebar_twitter
Added December 2015
Stephen Smith Aged 50 He had a history of anxiety and took his own life after changes to his benefits left him unable to cope. http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/leiston_man_50_died_after_being_unable_to_cope_with_changes_to_benefits_1_4345054
Angela Smith, Her father has stated that her suicide
was triggered by fit-for-work tests. In early September Angela took her
own life – just as she had told doctors she was going to do
Added in October 2015
Luke Alexander Loy, Aged 42. He had schizophrenia
and was found fit for work, then sanctioned by the (DWP) for failing to
attend meetings at Jobcentre Plus and not actively looking for work, and
fell further and further into debt. He died 29th May 2015
Added September 2015
Ruby Urbacz age 59 She was found dead at her home
on the 6th September 2015 as a result of a heart attack. Her benefits
were stopped without any investigation as she missed her jsa appointment
whilst in hospital, after her discharge she had received no money for
five consecutive weeks of the £50 per week she would have normally
received she was also paying £20 per week in bedroom tax. On only £30
per week She could not afford to feed herself properly as bills were her
Sheila Holt aged 48 “She had been in a coma
following a heart attack she suffered at a psychiatric unit. She hadn’t
worked for 27 years. She was admitted to the unit after being pushed
into the Government’s Work Programme – terrified that her benefits would
be cut. While Sheila lay unconscious in hospital, she was sent letters
from Seetec, the private company providing the Work Programme” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ros-wynne-jones-sheila-hounded-death-5353202
Michael Brendan O’SULLIVAN aged 60: “He was on
anti-depressants and having therapy sessions, he met a benefits advisor
for an hour and a half to beg for his payments to continue. He was
forced to search for work for six months before hanging himself.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/landmark-verdict-declares-lovely-quiet-6487928
Conor Cribbin, 25 years old. The student suffered
from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and his medical card was
stopped in the period leading up to his suicide. He had also learned
just days prior that he had failed to secure a college grant. According
to his father, Conor was in low spirits in the days beforehand. He
added: “He couldn’t get his medication for his ADHD.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/student-took-life-days-after-4683647
Mark Cotton, 54 years old. Lost both his legs due to
a medical condition. Died in an apparent suicide fewer than 48 hours
after being told an allowance to pay his carer was being cut from nine
hours a week to only three. http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/11604492.Double_amputee_killed_himself_after_benefits_slashed__say_anguished_family/
Terry McGarvey, 48 years old. Dangerously ill from
polycytheamia, Terry asked for an ambulance to be called during his Work
Capability Assessment. He knew that he wasn’t well enough to attend his
WCA but feared that his benefits would be stopped if he did not.
He died the following day. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terry-mcgarvey-man-ill-attend-3178486
Elaine Lowe, 53 years old. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/suicide-bid-of-woman-who-feared-losing-her-incapacity-benefit-8761182.html
Mark Wood, 44 years old.
Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions
that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after
benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/28/man-starved-to-death-after-benefits-cut
Paul Reekie, 48 years old, the Leith based Poet and
Author. Suffered from severe depression. Committed suicide after DWP
stopped his benefits due to an Atos ‘fit for work’ decision. http://www.scotsman.com/news/author-s-suicide-due-to-slash-in-benefits-1-1367963
Leanne Chambers, 30 years old. Suffered depression for many years which took a turn for the worst when she was called in for a WCA. Leanne committed suicide soon after. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/body-found-river-wear-leanne-1418087
Karen Sherlock, 44 years old. Multiple
health issues. Found fit for work by Atos and denied benefits. Fought a
long battle to get placed into the support group of ESA. Karen died the
following month of a heart attack. http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/voices/2012/06/disability-karen-sherlock-sue-marsh
Carl Payne, 42 years old. Fears of losing his lifeline benefits due to welfare reform led this Father of two to take his own life. http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/inquest-hears-of-cumbrian-dad-s-health-benefits-worries-1.966288
Tim Salter, 53 years old. Blind and suffering from Agoraphobia. Tim hanged himself after Atos found him fit for work and stopped his benefits. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/11/publication-secret-review-benefits-cut-tim-salter
Edward Jacques, 47 years old. years
old and suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C. Edward had a history of
severe depression and self-harm. He took a fatal overdose after Atos
found him fit for work and stopped his benefits. http://www.nottinghampost.com/Sneinton-man-overdoses-benefits-stopped/story-19906973-detail/story.html
Linda Wootton, 49 years old. years
old. A double heart and lung transplant patient. Died just nine days
after the government found her fit for work, their refusal letter
arriving as she lay desperately ill in her hospital bed. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/linda-wootton-double-heart-lung-1912498
Steven Cawthra, 55 years old. His benefits stopped by the DWP and with rising debts, he saw suicide as the only way out of a desperate situation
Elenore Tatton, 39 years old. Died just weeks after the government found her fit for work. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/mum-of-three-elenore-told-find-job-2074333
John Walker, 57 years old. saddled with debt because of the bedroom tax, John took his own life. http://www.wigantoday.net/news/local/haunted-by-bedroom-tax-debt-torment-1-5953468
Brian McArdle, 57 years old. Suffered a fatal heart attack the day after his disability benefits were stopped. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/tory-hatchet-man-iain-duncan-1453863
Stephen Hill, 53 years old. Died of a heart attack one month after being found fit for work, even though he was waiting for major heart surgery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/9436969/Disability-tests-sending-sick-and-disabled-back-to-work.html
Jacqueline Harris, 53 years old. A
former Nurse who could hardly walk was found fit for work by Atos and
her benefits withdrawn. in desperation, she took her own life. http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sister-killed-disability-benefit-stopped/story-20170841-detail/story.html
David Barr, 28 years old. Suffering
from severe mental difficulties. Threw himself from a bridge after being
found fit for work by Atos and failing his appeal. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/heartbroken-dad-reveals-agony-decision-2343897
David Groves, 56 years old. Died of a
heart attack the night before taking his work capability assessment. His
widow claimed that it was the stress that killed him. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stress-of-tory-benefits-tests-killed-129934
Nicholas Peter Barker, 51 years old.
Shot himself after being told his benefits were being stopped. He was
unable to work after a brain haemorrhage left him paralysed down one
Mark and Helen Mullins, 48 and 59 years old. Forced to
live on £57.50 a week and make 12 mile trips each week to get free
vegetables to make soup. Mark and Helen both committed suicide. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-15645206
Richard Sanderson, 44 years old. Unable to find a job and with his housing benefit cut forcing him to move, but with nowhere to go. Richard committed suicide.http://www.courtnewsuk.co.uk/newsgallery/?news_id=26081
Martin Rust, 36 years old. A schizophrenic man who killed himself two months after the government found him fit to work.http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich_man_killed_himself_over_back_to_work_fears_1_1358116
Craig Monk, 43 years old. A vulnerable gentleman and a partial amputee who slipped so far into poverty that he hanged himself.http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/9550982.Benefits_man_found_hanged__inquest_heard/?ref=twtrec
Colin Traynor, 29 years old and suffering from epilepsy
was stripped of his benefits. He appealed. Five weeks after his death
his family found he had won his appeal.http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/26/atos-disability-benefits-colin-traynor-epilepsy-_n_1917042.html
Elaine Christian, 57 years old. Worried about her work
capability assessment, she was subsequently found at Holderness drain,
drowned and with ten self inflicted wrist wounds. http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Woman-drowned-drain-upset-health-check/story-12927176-detail/story.html
Christelle Pardoe , 32 years old and Kayjah Pardoe 5 month old. Pregnant, her benefits stopped, Christelle, clutching her baby son jumped from a third floor balcony.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1232911/Mother-leaps-death-baby-arms-benefits-stopped.html
Mark Scott, 46 years old. His DLA and housing benefit stopped and sinking into deep depression, Mark died six weeks later.http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-dad-whose-son-died-3338966
Cecilia Burns, 51 years old. Found fit for work while
undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She died just a few weeks after
she won her appeal against the Atos decision.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19433535
Chris Cann, 57 years old. Found dead in his home just months after being told he had to undergo a medical assessment to prove he could not work.http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Shelton-benefits-blunder-victim-Chris-Cann-dies/story-17574922-detail/story.html
Peter Hodgson, 49 years old. Called to JCP to see if he
was suitable for volunteer work. Peter had suffered a stroke, a brain
haemorrhage and had a fused leg. His appointment letter arrived a few
days after he took his own life.http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/pushed-over-the-edge-by-benefits-fear-1.1045847
Stephanie Bottrill, 53 years old. After paying £80 a
month for bedroom tax, Stephanie could not afford heating in the winter,
and lived on tinned custard. In desperation, she chose to walk in front
of a lorry.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stephanie-bottrill-who-blamed-the-bedroom-tax-for-her-suicide-had-history-of-depression-inquest-9664921.html
Larry Newman suffered from a degenerative lung
condition, his weight dropping from 10 to 7 stone. Atos awarded him zero
points, he died just three months after submitting his appeal.http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/jul/24/atos-case-study-larry-newman
Paul Turner, 52 years old. After suffering a heart attack, he was ordered to find a job in February. In April Paul died from ischaemic heart disease. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-dad-dies-of-heart-condition-187961
Christopher Charles Harkness, 39. After finding out
that the funding for his care home was being withdrawn, this man who
suffered with mental health issues, took his own life.
Sandra Louise Moon, 57 years old. Suffering from a
degenerative back condition, depression and increasingly worried about
losing her incapacity benefit. Sandra committed suicide by taking an
Lee Robinson, 39 years old. Took his own life after his housing benefit and council tax were taken away from him.http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10649155.Crawley_man_killed_himself_after_losing_benefits/
David Coupe, 57 years old. A Cancer sufferer found fit
for work by Atos in 2012. David lost his sight, then his hearing, then
his mobility, and then his life. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474772/Farmer-David-Coupe-refused-Atos-healthcare-reassessment-diagnosed-terminal-cancer.html
Michael McNicholas, 34 years old. Severely depressed
and a recovering alcoholic. Michael committed suicide after being called
in for a Work Capability Assessment by Atos. http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Grieving-parents-pay-tribute-Sandyford-dad-dead/story-20385977-detail/story.html
Victor Cuff, 59 years old and suffering from severe depression. Victor hanged himself after the DWP stopped his benefits. http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/10842726.Unemployed_Gravesend_man_hanged_himself_after_sickness_benefits_were_cut/?ref=twtrec
Charles Barden, 74 years old. Charles committed suicide by hanging due to fears that the Bedroom Tax would leave him destitute and unable to cope. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-pensioner-charles-barden-2670737
Ian Caress, 43 years old. Suffered multiple health
issues and deteriorating eyesight. Ian was found fit for work by Atos,
he died ten months later having lost so much weight that his family said
that he resembled a concentration camp victim.
Iain Hodge, 30 years old. Suffered from the life
threatening illness, Hughes Syndrome. Found fit for work by Atos and
benefits stopped, Iain took his own life. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/14/benefits-suicide-iain-hodge-lanarkshire-east-kilbride-_n_3272646.html
Wayne Grew, 37 years old. Severely depressed due to government cuts and the fear of losing his job, Wayne committed suicide by hanging. http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/nhs-pays-out-family-birmingham-7408982
Kevin Bennett, 40 years old. Kevin a sufferer of
schizophrenia and mental illness became so depressed after his JSA was
stopped that he became a virtual recluse. Kevin was found dead in his
flat several months later. http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9840466.Schizophrenic_man_lay_dead_in_Watford_flat_for____several_months/
David Elwyn Hughs Harries, 48 years old. A disabled man
who could no longer cope after his parents died, could find no help
from the government via benefits. David took an overdose as a way out of
Denis Jones, 58 years old. A disabled man crushed by
the pressures of government cuts, in particular the Bedroom Tax, and
unable to survive by himself. Denis was found dead in his flat. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/westhoughton/10887890.Friends__funeral_appeal_for_disabled_man_who_died_after_his_benefits_were_stopped/
Shaun Pilkington, 58 years old. Unable
to cope any more, Shaun shot himself dead after receiving a letter from
the DWP informing him that his ESA was being stopped. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grandad-shaun-pilkington-shoots-himself-2989685
Paul ?, 51 years old .Died in a freezing cold flat
after his ESA was stopped. Paul appealed the decision and won on the day
that he lost his battle to live.
Chris MaGuire, 61 years old. Deeply
depressed and incapable of work, Chris was summonsed by Atos for a Work
Capability Assessment and deemed fit for work. On appeal, a judge
overturned the Atos decision and ordered them to leave him alone for at
least a year, which they did not do. In desperation, Chris took his own
life, unable to cope anymore. https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/rip-chris-maguire-leeds-socialist-activist-and-musician-who-took-his-own-life-yesterday/
Peter Duut, a Dutch national with terminal cancer
living in the UK for many years found that he was not entitled to
benefits unless he was active in the labour market. Peter died leaving
his wife destitute, and unable to pay for his funeral. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Dying-manhas-12p-day-eat/story-22746941-detail/story.html
George Scollen, age unknown. Took his own life after the government closed the Remploy factory he had worked in for 40 years. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/heartbroken-remploy-factory-workers-say-1568107#h2RYtGL2Ee05XZld.97
Julian Little, 47 years old. Wheelchair bound and
suffering from kidney failure, Julian faced the harsh restrictions of
the Bedroom Tax and the loss of his essential dialysis room. He died
shortly after being ordered to downgrade.
Miss DE, Early 50’s. Suffering from mental illness,
this lady committed suicide less than a month after an Atos assessor
gave her zero points and declared her fit for work. https://www.rt.com/uk/206247-benefit-cuts-related-deaths/
Robert Barlow, 47 years old. Suffering from a brain
tumour, a heart defect and awaiting a transplant, Robert was deemed fit
for work by Atos and his benefits were withdrawn. He died penniless less
than two years later. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/dying-merseyside-man-told-benefits-6924979
Carl Joseph Foster-Brown, 58 years old. As a direct consequence of the wholly unjustifiable actions of the Job centre and DWP, this man took his own life.
Martin Hadfield, 20 years old. Disillusioned with the
lack of jobs available in this country but too proud to claim benefits.
Utterly demoralised, Martin took his own life by hanging himself. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tragic-youngster-killed-himself-because-3576403
Annette Francis, 30 years old. A mum-of-one suffering from severe mental illness, found dead after her disability benefits were ceased. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/tragedy-liverpool-mum-who-died-7232928
Ian Jordan, 60 years old. His benefits
slashed after Atos and the DWP declared Ian, a sufferer of Barratt’s
Oesophagus, fit for work, caused him to run up massive debts in order to
survive. Ian was found dead in his flat after taking an overdose.
Janet McCall, 53 years old. Terminally ill with
pulmonary fibrosis and declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Atos and the DWP, this
lady died 5 months after her benefits were stopped.
Stuart Holley, 23 years old. A man driven to suicide by the DWP’s incessant pressure and threat of sanctions for not being able to find a job.
Graham Shawcross, 63 years old. A sufferer of the debilitating disease, Addison’s. Died of a heart attack due to the stress of an Atos ‘Fit for Work’ decision.
David Clapson, 59 years old. A diabetic ex-soldier
deprived of the means to survive by the DWP and the governments harsh
welfare reforms, David died all but penniless, starving and alone, his
electricity run out.
Chris Smith, 59 years old. Declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Atos as he lay dying of Cancer in his hospital bed.
Nathan Hartwell, 36 years old, died of heart failure after an 18-month battle with the Department for Works and Pensions.
Michael Connolly, 60 years old. A Father of One,
increasingly worried about finances after his benefits were cut.
Committed suicide by taking 13 times the fatal dose of prescription
medicine on the 30th October – His Birthday.
Jan Mandeville, 52 years old, A lady
suffering from Fibromyalgia, driven to the point of mental and physical
breakdown by this governments welfare reforms. Jan was found dead in her
home after battling the DWP for ESA and DLA.
Trevor Drakard, 50 years old. A shy and reserved,
severe epileptic who suffered regular and terrifying fits almost his
entire life, hounded to suicide by the DWP who threatened to stop his
Unnamed, death of a severely disabled Dorset resident, who took her own life while battling the bedroom tax.
Aaron Lane, 31 years old. A talented musician battling mental health problems took his own life after he was ruled fit to work.
Glen Harris, 55 years old. Killed himself with an electric saw because he feared his benefits would be changed after being found fit for work.
Peter Kelleher, 44 years old. Found in his flat with
a ligature around his neck and in a state of decomposition after the
pressure of mounting debt and no benefit at all became too much to bear.
Elaine Lowe, 53 years old. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide.
John Walker, 57 years old. John found himself saddled with debt because of the bedroom tax, and took his own life as a result.
Malcolm Burge, 66 years old. A retired gardener who killed himself after being hounded for £800 after changes to his benefits left him unable to cope.
Julia Kelly, 39 years old. Suffering
with chronic back pain and hounded constantly by the DWP, Julia commited
suicide after receiving a letter demanding that she pay back over
Benjamin Del McDonald, 34 years old. A
doting Father of three children suffering from depression due to
removal of his lifeline benefits, Benjamin committed suicide by hanging.
Mark William Jacka, 26 years old. Stressed to the point
of suicide, Mark was found hanged at his home the day after a visit to
his local Job Centre to apply for JSA.
David O’Mar, 58 years old. Suffering from Pneumonia in a hospital bed. Found ‘Fit for Work’ by the DWP only to die two weeks later.
Moira Drury , 61 years old. Suffering from limited
mobility, mini-strokes, epilepsy and depression. Her daughter believes
that a seven-month delay in processing her benefit claim hastened her
Paul Willcoxson, 31 years old. Suffering from mental
health problems who was worried about benefit cuts hanged himself while
he was searching for a job on the south coast, an inquest heard.http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9095159.display/
Chris Smith 59 years old.While he lay in a hospital
bed, dying of cancer. The Jobcentre bombarded him with texts telling him
he had to apply for jobs, and letters urging him to come to ‘job
Gordon Lang 62 years old, A marine veteran who died from cancer while battling the state over benefits
Nick Barker Former sheep farmer, Nick had a brain
haemorrhage which left him struggling to walk. The father of two shot
himself after the DWP claimed he was fit to work. Recording a suicide
verdict, coroner Michael Oakley said the benefits assessment was key to
Robert Barlow. Robert worked as a Government
scientist but gave it up when diagnosed with severe cardiomypathy. The
DWP deemed him fit to work. He died penniless under 2 years later.
Deteriorating health while waiting for a decision
Thomas O’Donnell – He suffered from epilepsy,
depression, arthritis and memory loss – yet was made to wait eight
months for his Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Found Fit for work:
Added July 2016
Carly Canavan, 21, A severely disabled young woman with a mental age of a four-year-old ordered to prove she cannot work.
Added June 2016
Edward West. A Disabled Darlington man has been
considered unable to work for the entirety of his adult life. Mr West
lives in sheltered accommodation, has significant learning difficulties
and needs the support of a carer several times a week.
Added May 2016
Kenny Bailey ,Father of two, had his benefits
slashed despite suffering with severe memory problems and being
paralysed down one side after suffering a massive stroke
and then almost immediately had the decision overturned – It beggars belief! http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-part-head-missing-who-8037089
David Waite, 60 years old, suffers from a string of health problems including brain, damage neck pain, diabetes and depression.
The Peoples review of the WCA published this report. There is a long
depressing list of other people whose health has deteriorated after
being “found fit for work” http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/type/pdfs/the-peoples-review-of-the-wca.html published 20th Dc 2014
" Go to: https://mzolobajluk.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/the-increasing-death-toll-due-to-the-loss-of-benefits/
Quote; "This group is established to galvanise opposition to the current vicious
attack on the fundamental human rights of disabled people by Government
using “Work Capability Assessments” to re-classify sick and disabled
individuals as “fit for work”. This site is dedicated to the memory of
Paul Reekie (Born January 23, 1962; Died June 2010) : Let Perpetual
Light Shine Upon Him; May He Rest in Peace."....
..."The Nazis forced people with mental and other disabilities to wear
black triangles in the extermination camps during the Holocaust. The
generic classification they used was “Arbeitsscheu” – literally
“Workshy”. This term is also the one most favoured in our right-wing
tabloid press to described incapacity and disability benefit claimants
This group of people could also include the homeless, alcoholics, prostitutes, draft dodgers, pacifists and travellers (Roma).
It is salutary to use the black triangle as the symbol of the UK
Disabled People’s Protest Movement because British society is at present
seeing an increasing number of violent and deadly attacks on people of
disability in the community, and the tormenting of disabled people
leading to tragic suicides and an official policy on the part of the
State to infer that disabled people are just “workshy” and must be
reclassified as “fit for work.”
It has become socially acceptable to ridicule, demonise and denigrate the disabled, both in public and in the mass media." Go to: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/about/
Arafel: Recently our friend Jose (Bitterne Triangle Southampton), was on the phone to one of us saying how he had been complaining to The Job Centre concerning the amount of stress that the "Job-Search" commitments (forced on him when he lost his Disability Living Allowance and failed in his application for so called "Personal Independence Payment"), were causing him (he had a heart condition), when he stopped abruptly mid-conversation, my other friend (who is clearly still in considerable shock), went to his house only to find him lying dead on the floor having suffered a fatal heart attack.
The Spaniard was a talented artist of the modernist school and a "known figure" around Portswood and Bitterne Southampton, where he had lived for years, walking his little dog (his only house companion), which has now lost its companion ("fascisti "old comrade" fascisti!"), Rest in Peace my friend.
Arafel #Austerity Archive:
http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/mothers-death-was-hastened-by-long.html, http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/assess-full-impact-of-cuts-to-support.html, http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-phantom-benefit-booth-re-atos.html, http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/agmatine-key-to-brain-chemistry-of-near.html, http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/dwp-admits-making-up-quotes-by-benefit.html,