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DWP under no obligation to safeguard claimant lives by warning third parties about benefit terminations – FoI response

It’s a shocking fact – but given the number of DWP deaths we really shouldn’t be all that surprised.

DWP has today admitted it is under no legal obligation to inform anyone about the termination of claimant benefits. The shocking response to our FoI request is here.

Is it any wonder DWP deaths are so high? DWP are free to stop anyone’s benefit and not even warn the claimant’s carer, doctor or other suitable health professional first.

The response goes on to state instead DWP staff are ’empowered’ to take any reasonable steps felt necessary where there is a concern regarding the health and wellbeing of a customer and their family. These include concerns about things such as risk of injury, neglect, physical or sexual abuse and exploitation. Just nothing relating to the termination of their benefit as that would apparently upset the Tory agenda.

Obviously this needs to change.


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  1. […] DWP under no obligation to safeguard claimant lives by warning third parties about benefit terminati… […]

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  2. A6er says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

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  3. Maria Nelson says:

    When I was sectioned in 2019 I only knew the DWP had stopped my rent because YHN hadn’t received their rent. I was in a PICU. They stop it and don’t tell people. Apparently if your in hospital for a month you have to notify them. It wasn’t my first thought when I was mentally incapacitated and have no decent support network. Staff helped me by getting numbers. Luckily DWP decided I came under as a vulnerable adult and back paid. I was then told by staff to claim pip. I had unsuccessfully claimed several times. I managed to get a support worker for the assessment and was granted it. But we are constantly stressed every time s medical Is due. I have a few physical issues a personality disorder. I live on my own, so if I get ill I have no means to contact DWP if it was a stroke for example.

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