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DWP-related deaths [2010 onwards]


Here are just some of the people who died in DWP-related circumstances since the Tories took office in 2010*.  Some Tories refer to these deaths as mere statistics.  They are real people not numbers.  Their names and circumstances of their death should never be forgotten or covered up as one Tory suggested.   I know if I died in a DWP related death I’d want people to see me on this list too.  It highlights the wrongdoing which comes right from the top with policy.

Multiple coroners have ruled Tory DWP policies to be key cause of death of their clients.

It has come to light no company is brought in to quality assure DWP procedures. Esther McVey claimed that DWP procedures were quality assured but this is only something approved bodies can do such as Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Even ex-Tory voters have come out and admitted they voted Tory until illness struck them.  Stop trusting the Tories because they really don’t care about you. 


Nick Barker – RIP

Nick Barker

Former sheep farmer, Nick Barker 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 the tragedy.

Nick’s photo:

Robert Barlow – RIP

Robert Barlow

Robert Barlow 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.

Robert’s photo:

Cecilia Burns – RIP

Cecilia Burns

Cecilia Burns had cancer. Atos called her in for one of their assessments. The DWP declared her fit to work, but she appealed the decision. She died shortly after winning her appeal.

Cecilia’s photo:

Chris Cann – RIP

Chris Cann

After losing both legs & a finger to diabetes, Chris Cann was housebound. Despite this, the DWP insisted he travelled outside and go in for one of their fit to work assessments or they would cut off his benefit. The letter shook Chris up badly. Despite the DWP changing their minds about him going in, he died of a suspected heart attack soon after.

Chris’ photo:

Leanne Chambers – RIP

Leanne Chambers

Leanne Chambers had a degree in business studies from Teeside University, but she battled depression for a number of years. She had taken a turn for the worse after receiving a letter telling her to go to Atos for one of their ‘fit to work’ assessments. Leanne walked out of her home some time after midnight. Her body was later found in the River Wear.

Leanne’s photo:

David Clapson – RIP


Former soldier David Clapson died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls “a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin.” He died on July 20th 2013 because he couldn’t keep his insulin cool due to being sanctioned by the DWP. Claire McGuckin of the DWP said “I am confident that the correct procedures were followed for the administration of benefit.” thus pointing the blame firmly in the direction of minister Iain Duncan Smith.

David’s photo:

David Groves – RIP

David Groves

David Groves stopped work after 40 years on doctors orders after astring of strokes & a heart attack. Atos called him in for a fit to work assessment but he died the night before. His widow says he was in a terrible state and it was the stress that killed him.

David’s photo:

Stephen Hill – RIP

Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill suffered heart problems & was waiting for major heart surgery. Atos found him fit for work after a ten minute check. He died of a heart attack.

Stephen’s photo:

Edward Jacques – RIP

Edward Jacques

Edward Jacques fatally overdosed because he was not given a proper assessment by the DWP, an inquest heard.

Edward’s photo:

Brian McArdle – RIP

Brian McArdle

Brian was paralysed down one side, paralysed in one eye, he couldn’t speak. He died the day after being found fit to work by Atos.

Brian’s photo:

Mark Mullins – RIP & Helen Mullins – RIP

Mark Mullins & Helen Mullins

Mark Mullins and Helen Mullins died in an apparent suicide pact. Former soldier Mark, 48, and Helen, 59, who had learning difficulties, ‘slipped through the net’ and were found side-by-side in their home after not having access to the correct benefits.

Mark’s & Helen’s photo:

Tim Salter – RIP

Tim Salter

Tim Salter, aged 53, was partially sighted & suffered from mental health problems. Tim was found hanged at his home just days before he was due to be evicted over rent arrears. At an inquest, coroner Andrew Haigh concluded: “A major factor in his death was that his state benefits had been greatly reduced leaving him almost destitute and with threatened repossession of his home.”

Tim’s photo:

Mark Scott – RIP

Mark Scott

Mark Scott, 46, was passed as fit to work by the DWP despite a medical record of severe anxiety, epilepsy, panic attacks & alcoholism. He died shortly afterwards from pneumonia. But his father’s troubles didn’t end there. To add insult to death, his father who is called Clifford Scott received a letter from the DWP containing major errors and obviously wasn’t checked. The letter stated: “We are sorry to hear about the death of Clifford Scott. We will make a payment of £186.87 into your chosen account for the death of Clifford Scott”!

Mark’s photo:

Karen Sherlock – RIP

Karen Sherlock

Karen Sherlock had failing vision & required a kidney transplant yet she was declared ‘fit to work’.  She later died.

Karen’s photo:

Elenore Tatton – RIP

Elenore Tatton

Elenore Tatton was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 15 years old.  She also had epilepsy.  The DWP said she was fit to work after one of their assessments. Two weeks later, she was dead.

Elenore’s photo:

Colin Traynor – RIP

Colin Traynor

Colin Traynor was a lifelong epileptic. Atos found him fit to work. He appealed, but later became depressed and lost weight. He won his appeal but didn’t live to see it as he died the day before.

Colin’s photo:

Mark Wood – RIP

Mark Wood

Mark Wood had obsessive compulsive disorder, Aspergers syndrome, cognitive behavioural problems, phobias of food & social situations. Atos & DWP ruled him fit for work. Mark then starved to death. DWP claim they obtain evidence from claimants’ GPs. Mark’s GP revealed the DWP did NOT contact him and if they did he would have told them Mark wasn’t fit for work. He was also a constituent of David Cameron.

Mark’s photo:

Linda Wootton – RIP 

Linda Wootton

Linda Wootton was dying in a hospital bed when the DWP removed her benefits. She died nine days after being found ‘fit to work’.

Linda’s photo:


Tory attitudes to the above deaths:

Tory attitude to DWP deaths

Sickening isn’t it.

DWP can harm your health

Dump the Tories before they dump you!

* 2010 Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition; 2015 Tories; 2017 Tories with Democratic Unionist Party in return for cash


  1. stewilko says:

    Reblogged this on stewilko's Blog and commented:
    A very sad list R. I. P to each of them. My hearg goes out to each of their families


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  5. A6er says:

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    Please remember these people when it comes to the General Election and dont allow their deaths to be in vain.
    Dont fall for the Tory lies & propaganda on how their “Long Term Economic Plan” is working when in actual fact its not.
    For 5 years they have hindered growth in the economy with their ideological austerity program and placed the poorest, most vulnerable people such as the sick and disabled, the unemployed, and even the working classes trying to survive on minimum wages & zero hour contracts, into even further penury.
    Please vote the Tories out because if you waste your vote, you’ll only condemn us to even worse cuts, 60% more than we’ve had at present, and continued austerity for everyone except the rich. These poor dead souls are only the tip of the iceberg, there are documented numbers of 10,600 people dying within 6 weeks of coming off ESA, between January and November 2012 so is it any wonder the Tory led government & its DWP fuhrer Iain Duncan Smith, stopped recording these numbers and have refused any FOI requests from people and charities investigating these deaths. We wont know the full scale unless we get them out, the truth will be found but only if we get them out this coming May.
    Dont let us or your country down, but most of all dont let these poor lost souls down.


  6. They are playing with peoples lives, no matter how many the numbers are that are dying from their errors, it’s just too many.. I may be in Australia.. but I have disabled friends in the UK and would never want any of them to be treated in this way.


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  8. Nick says:

    for a complete guide to the deaths of the sick and disabled please see remember the dead for a full listing
    please be aware this list is not 100% as many have died that were without families to report their deaths to the press also please note that the list is a chilling read and is not suitable reading for some so please stay away


  9. Iain Duncan-Smith is a callous dictator of cruel Policy


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  13. donna says:

    Absolutely disgusted with the info regarding Leannes death,she had a lot more going on then you realise,stuff which was never reported but confided in me,yes she was slightly worried about the assessment,but not enough to kill herself !


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  18. Donna says:

    You have not got all the facts on Leanne!!!! Assumptions are insulting!!!


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