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Tories oppose 1% for NHS as they get 10%

Tories oppose 1% for NHS as they get 10%

Tories oppose 1% for NHS as they get 10%

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/public-sector-rage-tories-oppose-4181366

 

Tories beg for your ‘opinion’ & MORE cash

Here’s a Tory begging advert shown on Facebook earlier. They say they want your opinion yet nowhere in their questionnaire is space to type that opinion. It’s mainly constructed of self-serving questions. Clearly they do not want your opinion.

Tories beg for your opinion & MORE cash

Tories beg for your opinion & MORE cash

We thought it would be far more constructive to remind you what they have done.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/heartless-callous-tories-block-3m-3180793

The articles thought to have been breached by the Tories are as follows:

* The right to independent living –
(UNCRPD Article 19)

* The right to work –
(ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to fair and just conditions of employment –
(ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to social security –
(ICESCR Article 9)

* The right to social protection –
(UNCRPD Article 28)

* The right to an adequate standard of living –
(ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)

Here is a collection of evidence but the UN will be gathering even more:

There are three versions of a report are available on the Just Fair website:

The full report;
Easy read report;
A summary report;

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)

Evidence for UN which can be verified via the families contactable via the original reports

The full report rigorously examines the available evidence in the light of the obligations contained within ICESCR and UNCRPD, and also draws on the experience of disabled people. Key quotes from the report include the following:

The right to independent living

“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive,
threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising  their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”

“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change  in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible
retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”

“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures
sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right
to independent living.”

“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s
concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If
disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they
lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”

“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be
given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant
policymaking.”

The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living

“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of
the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”

“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”

“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on
their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply
with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”

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Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

They’re banking on YOU not voting to help them win the election

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/sep/30/conservitives-scrap-human-rights-act

The articles thought to have been breached by the Tories are as follows:

* The right to independent living –
(UNCRPD Article 19)

* The right to work –
(ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to fair and just conditions of employment –
(ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to social security –
(ICESCR Article 9)

* The right to social protection –
(UNCRPD Article 28)

* The right to an adequate standard of living –
(ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)

Here is a collection of evidence but the UN will be gathering even more:

There are three versions of a report are available on the Just Fair website:

The full report;
Easy read report;
A summary report;

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)

Evidence for UN which can be verified via the families contactable via the original reports

The full report rigorously examines the available evidence in the light of the obligations contained within ICESCR and UNCRPD, and also draws on the experience of disabled people. Key quotes from the report include the following:

The right to independent living

“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive,
threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising  their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”

“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change  in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible
retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”

“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures
sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right
to independent living.”

“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s
concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If
disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they
lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”

“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be
given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant
policymaking.”

The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living

“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of
the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”

“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”

“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on
their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply
with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”

Feel free to discuss here (page rules apply)

Tories reject petition to ban Peerages for donors – More corruption

Tories reject petition banning Peerages for money

Tories reject petition banning Peerages for money

 

Tories reject petition to ban Peerages for donors

The e-petition submitted to the Government was a call to “Ban the practice of giving peerages in exchange for financial donations.

David Cameron once said “We’ve got to stop this perception that parties can somehow be bought by big donations either from very rich people, or trade unions, or businesses.”

Yes the practice still goes on. Peerages should only be given in exchange for the good things a person has done for their country.”

The basis of the rejection (from rules created by MPs) was that e-petitions cannot include information about honours or appointments. How convenient!

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68482

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Firm Pulls Out of Workfare after Gideon’s Visit

Firm Pulls Out of Workfare after Gideon's Visit

Firm Pulls Out of Workfare after Gideon’s Visit

Job well done Gideon – they should send you out to the other slave labour firms

A computer repair firm in Bristol pulled out of the government’s workfare scheme just days after being visited by George Osborne to promote its involvement in the controversial initiative.

Byteback IT Solutions provoked outrage on social media after the Chancellor visited to celebrate its involvement in the Help to Work programme, which puts long-term unemployed people on unpaid ‘community work placements”.

However following a backlash from the public the firm pulled out of the scheme.

Treasury sources have branded the backlash against Byteback’s involvement in the Help to Work scheme “outrageous” and hit out at the public for voicing their opinion as that’s only something Cameron is apparently allowed to do!

{Thanks to Alan for the link}

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/24/george-osborne-it-firm-workfare_n_5616281.html

Help 38 Degrees to help YOU

38 Degrees is on the side of the people but the Tory Gagging Law has a stranglehold on them

38 Degrees is on the side of the people but the Tory Gagging Law has a stranglehold on them

38 Degrees is on the side of the people but the Tory Gagging Law has a stranglehold on them.

Please visit the link below and simply let 38 Degrees know what issues are most important to you. There’s no need to donate to them unless you wish to do so.

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/priorities-your-most-important-issues#petition

Even MPs now suing UK Government!

Both Tory & Labour MPs suing Government over ‘ridiculous’ snooping laws

MPs sue UK Government

Even MPs now suing UK Government! Both Tory & Labour MPs suing Government over ‘ridiculous’ snooping laws

http://www.channel4.com/news/data-drip-law-surveillence-tom-watson-david-davis-legal-sue

 

 

Journalists could be labelled terrorists for upholding public interest

Journalists could be labelled terrorists for upholding public interest

Journalists could be labelled terrorists for upholding public interest

Journalists may be labelled ‘terrorists’ if British Government takes dislike to their reports.  This could well include reporting Government policy without authorisation.  It would effectively be Government censorship.

http://rt.com/uk/174732-terrorism-uk-mi5-journalist/

 

 

 

Occupy Parliament Square – Oct 17th 2014

Occupy Parliament Square

Occupy Parliament Square – Oct 17th 2014 at 17:00

Democracy Action – Occupy Parliament.
October 17, 2014
Parliament Square

On March 1st 2014, at a General Assembly on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London decided to form a Democracy Action Working Group (DAWG). Part of the remit of this group is organise for a mass action for Democracy.

A starting date for the mass action has been chosen: Friday October 17th. UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
This will be 3 year anniversary of Occupy London and Occupy the World, when 1,000 locations were Occupied calling for social and environmental justice; it also coincides, on Saturday 18th, with the TUC march.

We will be challenging the legality of stifling protests in Parliament. The requirement to gain permission from the police for our Right to Protest, the confiscation of Tents and anything that can be regarded as sleeping materials within sight of the Houses of Parliament.

http://occupylondon.org.uk/a-call-to-action-democracy-at-stake/

Minutes of DAWG meetings have been published in the ‘working group updates’ section of the OL website; on 10.4.14, dates and places for the mass action were discussed and decided – minutes are here.

Check the OL Events page for dates and times of DAWG meetings if you’d like to get involved.
http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/democracy-action-occupy-parliament/

 

{Thanks to Jason for his link}
https://www.facebook.com/events/531711723600543

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

Another victim of the Tories Stephen Smith

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

Another victim of the Tories Errol Graham - RIP

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

Another victim of the Tories Philippa Day - RIP

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