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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.  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 from both the DWP and from the top with policy.  So far those responsible have got away scot free with these deaths. We don’t think that is right and demand justice.

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

It came 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.

DWP says they do not have a legal ‘duty of care’ to sick and disabled people.  We don’t expect the DWP to play nursemaids but they most certainly should be contacting social services and other relevant healthcare workers before severing benefits.

DWP says there is no list of places staff must contact to safeguard claimants before terminating their benefits.  Staff are instead ’empowered’ to please themselves.

After someone suffers a DWP death sometimes the department carries out an Internal Process Review to find out what happened.  Incredibly they have no policy to show the contents of such a review to the family of the deceased.

Not a single cumulative impact assessment on the potential harm caused by repeated work capability assessment on sick and disabled people was carried out between 2015 and July 2021 when we asked for the information. 

In September 2019 Frank Field asked how many inquests was it ruled that the policies of DWP were partly responsible for the deceased person’s state of mind. DWP’s response was “Unfortunately, the information requested is not held centrally and is therefore unavailable without incurring a disproportionate cost.”  It is clearly not concerned about such things.  Here is NAO’s report on the matter.

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. The next name we add to this list could be yours!

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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.  Did he sound ‘fit to work’ to you?

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Cecilia Burns – RIP

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Cecilia Burns had cancer.  Atos called her for one of their assessments.  DWP declared her ‘fit-to-work’ so she appealed the decision.  She was so ill that she died shortly after winning her appeal. A process she so obviously shouldn’t have been put through.   Does that sound ‘fit to work’ to you?

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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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.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Leanne Chambers – RIP

Leanne Chambers

Leanne Chambers had a degree in business studies from Teesside 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. However, the night beforehand Leanne walked out of her home and never returned.  Her body was later found in the River Wear.

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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David Clapson – RIP

DAVID CLAPSON

Former soldier David Clapson died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic ketoacidosis, 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.”  Correct to the point of killing the claimant apparently.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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David Groves – RIP

David Groves

David Groves stopped work after 40 years on doctors orders after a string 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.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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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 shortly afterwards of a heart attack.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Edward Jacques – RIP

Edward Jacques

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

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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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.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Tim Salter – RIP

Tim Salter

Tim Salter, 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. 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.”

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Mark Scott – RIP

Mark Scott

DWP couldn’t even get Mark Scott’s name correct.  He was 46 when they passed him off as fit to work despite a medical record of severe anxiety, epilepsy, panic attacks.  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”!

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Karen Sherlock – RIP

Karen Sherlock

Karen Sherlock had failing vision & required a kidney transplant yet she was declared ‘fit to work’.  Shortly afterwards she was dead.

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Elenore Tatton – RIP

Elenore Tatton

Elenore Tatton was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 15 years old.  She also had epilepsy.  The DWP declared her fit to work after one of their assessments. Two weeks later she was dead. Does that sound fit to you?

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Colin Traynor – RIP

Colin Traynor

Colin Traynor was a lifelong epileptic. DWP 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!

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Mark Wood – RIP

Mark Wood

Mark Wood had obsessive-compulsive disorder, cognitive behavioural problems, phobias of food & social situations and was on the autism spectrum.  DWP ruled him fit for work. Mark then starved to death. DWP claim they obtain evidence from claimants’ GPs. Mark’s GP, however, exposed the truth and revealed the DWP did NOT contact him. He added if they did he would have told them Mark wasn’t fit for work. He was also a constituent of Witney MP David Cameron during the time he was Prime Minister!

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Linda Wootton – RIP 

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Linda Wootton was already dying in a hospital bed when the DWP removed her benefits!  She died nine days after being found fit to work.  Does that sound fit to you?

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Stephen Smith – RIP

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Stephen Smith, 64, had pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis and an enlarged prostate that left him in chronic pain.  Yet the Tory DWP found him ‘fit to work’ and he was told to visit the jobcentre once a week and prove that he was looking for work.  He died of pneumonia.  Does he sound or look fit to work to you?

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Joy Worrall – RIP

Joy Worrall - RIP

Joy Worrall was found dead in a quarry near her Flintshire home after an “administrative error” by the Department for Work and Pensions led to her pension stopping.

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Errol Graham – RIP

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Errol Graham, 57, had severe depression. His body was found by bailiffs there to evict him from his flat in June 2018, months after his benefits were stopped when he failed to attend a meeting with DWP officials.   Does that sound fit to work to you?

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Philippa Day – RIP

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Philippa Day, 27, had agoraphobia and unstable personality disorder.

She took her own life after the Tory DWP rejected her plea to have a home assessment.

Coroner’s Prevention of Future Deaths report to DWP and Capita

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Jodey Whiting – RIP

Another victim of the Tories Jodey Whiting - RIP

Jodey Whiting, 42, struggled with multiple physical and mental health difficulties which required her to take 23 tablets per day.

She took her own life after the Tory DWP ‘ignored’ her plea to have a home assessment.  They even left a message on her voicemail after being informed she committed suicide.  How sick is that?

No-one answered for her death and we believe they should.

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Lee Tarpey – RIP

Lee Tarpey, 40, had been a builder for many years but had a heart attack in 2015 which saw him fitted with three stents. He also suffered with angina and diabetes.

The year after winning an appeal he was called back again for another fit to work assessment for which he scored zero points. A week after his benefit payments were stopped he took his own life. His suicide note said he didn’t want to be a burden.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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Maxwell Quinton – RIP

Former welder Maxwell Quinton, 54, suffered with sciatica, memory problems, COPD, depression and a blood disorder called haemochromatosis.

After taking a lump sum out of a small private pension, the grandad-of-one was asked to submit bank statements to the DWP.  Then they sent him a letter saying they hadn’t received them so they had suspended his benefit.

That same day he committed suicide

Later his wife found letters he had written including one to her which said to make sure she told the benefits system what they are doing to people like him.

No-one answered for his death and we believe they should.

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If you would like to add anyone to this list please contact us here.

If you want these deaths and others like them properly investigated you need to vote the Tories out.

We want justice.  Not Tory apologies.

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!

* Includes 2010 Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition; 2015 Tories; 2017 Tories with Democratic Unionist Party in return for cash; Tories 2019 onwards