August 2019 Update
I having been updating updating Black Triangle’s list of people since 2015who have been affected by this governments policy of cuts and sanctions:
Please read more about their ethos here: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/about/
Since I published this article Universal Credit has been rolled out to many places in the UK. There are deaths associated with Universal Credit and I recently came across this report, which states “It’s hitting people that can least afford it the hardest” The impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in two North East England localities: a qualitative study
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 commented.
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 July 2019
Sean Doherty, 37, He took his own life after struggling to get enough money while receiving Universal Credit following his father’s death, his grieving family claim https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/20/man-killed-repeatedly-underpaid-universal-credit-10018454/?ito=cbshare
Phillip Herron A single dad drowning in debt as he waited for universal credit took his own life with less than a fiver left in his bank account. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/793158/single-dad-death-phillip-herron-benefits
Brian Sycamore, 62,who took his own life after struggling to survive on the government’s controversial benefit payment, his brother told the coroner’s court. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8847451/man-killed-himself-running-out-cash-electricity-meter-universal-credit/
Nicole Kaye Took her own life when she was told she would have to wait up to a year to access NHS Mental \health https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/student-hanged-herself-after-learning-18788127
Added June 2019
Joy Worrall aged 82 took her own life after an “administrative error” by the Department for Work and Pensions led to her pension being frozen, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48212594
Adam Zajac, 41, was found unconscious under his sleeping bag in outside a Debenhams store in February last year. https://uk.style.yahoo.com/adam-zajac-grave-debenhams-bristol-high-street-130856296.html
Deborah Morris, 48, which read: “Her body was found in a tent in this park. She was homeless. Remember her.” https://uk.style.yahoo.com/adam-zajac-grave-debenhams-bristol-high-street-130856296.html
Added April 2019
Sasha Aged in her 50’s, She was wheelchair bound and was found dead outside a shop in the centre of Leeds. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-wheelchair-bound-mum-found-14100680
Stephen Smith Aged 64 “After the Liverpool Echo first reported on Stephen’s story – and the images sent shockwaves across the country – we were pleased that as well as having his benefits restored, he was awarded more than £4,000 in backpay for all those months in which he should have been being paid. When I spoke to Stephen’s friend and benefits adviser Terry Craven this week, he informed me of the cruel irony which means that the money he eventually received will now be used for his funeral. He never had a chance to spend it.”
Added March 15th . Memorial service outside Number 10 Downing Street for the 799 deaths of homeless people known to Street Kitchens
Added February 2019
Kane Walker Who was homeless and who was found dead in Birmingham during freezing temperatures.
Jeff Hayward, Aged 52 He died of a heart attack in June last year, two weeks before he was due to go to a disability benefit appeal tribunal. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/12/man-wins-fit-for-work-appeal-seven-months-after-his-death
Mark Scholfield Aged 62 His partner stated “ he was let down by a “barbaric and inhumane” benefits system”
Added January 2019
Damien Lawler Aged 34 His ESA was due to end. He took his own life after he couldn’t find work. https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/suicide-man-couldnt-find-job-2406768
Amiee Tesse Aged 30 Found dead alone inside her tent. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/heartbreaking-final-words-homeless-woman-15649627
Kevin Dooley Aged 48 took his own life after his sickness benefit was stopped https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sick-dad-kills-himself-days-13817907
Added December 2018
Gyula Remes, Aged 43, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/homeless-man-found-dying-parliaments-13758259
Nearly 600 homeless people died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in England and Wales in 2017, up 24% in five years, according to the first government figures on the issue. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/20/homeless-deaths-rise-by-a-quarter-in-five-years-official-figures-show
Shurl Stirling @shurl1062 “Well.. lost both my mum and husband this year.the DWP said he was fit for work when in actual fact he had lung cancer. This isn’t over yet!!!”
Added November 2018
“There had already been four IPRs following the death of a universal credit claimant, even though only a small number of people are currently claiming UC.” https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwps-secret-benefit-deaths-reviews-investigations-into-deaths-double-in-two-years/#prettyPhoto
Penny Oliver, 54, faced penalty fees dwarfing the sum she owed and her daughter Charlotte said the NHS and DWP – which also sent a bill – had blood on their hands. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-hounded-nhs-killed-herself-13606763
Pericles Malagardis, known as Peri, aged 63 https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/16/homeless-man-died-waiting-for-his-dog-after-being-kicked-out-of-police-station-8149247/
Unknown man in his early 20’s- He died after being found on fire outside a homeless hostel https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/man-dies-after-being-found-on-fire-outside-peterborough-homeless-hostel-1-5775073
John Worthington aged 32 -Mental health services had ‘insufficient resources’ to see man who took his own life after waiting five months for assessment
Homeless man: he was found dead in a Chalk Farm doorway http://camdennewjournal.com/article/homeless-man-found-dead-in-chalk-farm-doorway
Christine Harris aged 60 The inquest heard from Mr Harris that his wife suffered from anxiety and depression and was “concerned and worried” by upcoming benefits review Ref: Cambrian News
Amy Driver Aged 27: She was given a four-week sanction after she missed one appointment at the Job Centre due to a hospital appointment, Clifford Watson claims.
Jane Kavanagh Aged 33: A single mother who took her life after she struggled to care for her wheelchair-bound daughter when they got no support from council and healthcare officials, an inquest heard. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/single-mums-heartbreaking-suicide-note-13482536
Two unknown homeless men, who died within 24hours of each other in Manchester. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-men-were-found-dead-15309849
John: John’s sister Maggie stated that John who had cerebral palsy and learning difficulties and who lived in sheltered housing, had previously been “a positive happy person” before he was found fit for work and forced onto universal credit and the government’s Work Programme. https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/chaotic-universal-credit-led-to-disabled-mans-death-sister-tells-un-poverty-expert/
Added October 2018
Brian Bailey aged 59 – Took his own life. Leann Bailey said her father Brian, 59, was “overwhelmed” after moving on to the six-in-one benefit system and “constantly feared that he may lose his home”
Added August 2018
May David’s mum Rest in Peace
Added June 2018
Thomas William Farrell: Aged 56 An unemployed man described as ‘lovely’ took his own life in a fire involving petrol within his upstairs flat. He was pronounced dead at the scene on Christmas Eve in 2017. https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/unemployed-man-who-took-life-14751289
Steve: The man, known locally as Steve, was found last week on a derelict plot https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/2018/01/30/homeless-man-found-dead-in-street/
A Portuguese former model, a lover of singing and yoga, was found dead in Westminster tube station, just a few steps from the underground entrance to the Houses of Parliament. The man, believed to be in his 40s, is one of four rough sleepers to have died in London in the first six weeks of this year. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/15/man-found-dead-london-tube-station-former-model-homeless-charity
Rob O’Conner – Homeless – His body was found in Springfield Road, Chelmsford http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-43181603
Margaret Blenman. Aged 48 Her body was found at sea after she was evicted due to spiraling debts caused by the bedroom tax. http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/16080427.Woman_s_body_found_in_sea_days_after_home_eviction_caused_by_bedroom_tax_debts/
Added January 2018
Unknown A 54 year old Salford man passed ‘fit for work’ by the Tory Government’s DWP died of a massive heart attack, after suffering stress and anxiety as a result of the disputed decision.
Don Lane, 53, from Christchurch in Dorset, missed appointments with specialists because he felt under pressure to cover his round and faced DPD’s £150 daily penalties if he did not find cover, his widow has told the Guardian.
Unknown – Claire Debenham his sister sent this letter to The Guardian in 2011
Darren – An ex-soldier – Soldiers Off The Streets stated, “We think the streets was his only way of living and copping with life”
Unknown – client from Harrow Law Centre
Christopher aged 60 He died in a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/no-one-should-take-last-11783810#ICID=sharebar_twitter
Added December 2017
Unknown: Homeless in Cardiff
Belinda : Homeless in Kingston Upon Thames
PH: PH’s property had been burgled and ransacked, and so he moved in with a friend whilst repairs took place. Both he and his friend were sanctioned by UC for misreporting their living arrangements. PH and his friend accrued arrears of £850 and £1002 respectively, and were evicted. Both ended up rough sleeping, where PH became very unwell both physically and mentally. They tried to apply for the UC sanction to be lifted, but were deemed to be living as a couple as they were sharing a tent. Stratford District Council eventually moved them to temporary accommodation, and received support from food banks. Tragically, however, before PH could regain access to his benefits and housing, he took his own life.” http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/universal-credit-rollout/written/71214.html
Two Dead in Midlothian “I have two constituents who have taken their own lives, both of whom were on UC. They were both very desperate and both had been to my local citizen’s advice bureau for help, as they had no money. I will not cry for them in this place, because their memory deserves not tears but anger and action”. Dianielle Rowley MP Midlothian https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-12-05/debates/07B953FE-5E97-46E4-9A2C-68F4FC91D739/UniversalCreditProjectAssessmentReviews Col960
Added November 2017
Elaine Morrall Aged 38, who “was in and out of hospital in recent months in intensive care but was not deemed ill enough for employment and support allowance. “No income but expected to pay full rent.”
Added October 2017
Stephen – Died young and homeless in Kingston Upon Thames
Ms Huma Iqbal Aged 37 Her life is said to have gone into a downward spiral following her divorce and loss of custody with her son. “She was found in the hallway near the living room and the inside the flat was empty apart from a box in the corner and some children’s toys. There was no food in the flat at all, just a few empty cans. We think she was starving and was just too weak.”
Chris Gold who died whilst waiting for a Universal Credit payment. He spent his last days hungry and in fear of losing his home. https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-24/man-died-while-waiting-for-universal-credit-days-after-itv-interview/
Natalie Winters Aged 29 She took her own life http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-29-killed-herself-after-11442330
Added September 2017
Leo Sheldon Aged 23 Although the doctors and hospital said he had only three months left to live, throughout that time he was still being contacted about PIP and assessments and told he was fit for work. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/died-dwp-benefits-hounded-brother-10032655
Valerie Grant, aged 73 She walked in front of a train near Stafford on 23 April.
David Metcalf Aged 54 David was found dead not long after his benefits had been stopped.
Un-Named Lady – Related to me by her sister who said she believed her sister took her life due to the stress of the PIP assessment process.
Un-Named Man – Related to me by an ex colleague of his. Who said his mental health was poor so he had to give up work and died trying to negotiate the Benefits System.
Added May 2017
Jimmy Ballentine, Aged 60, His son said: “They were hounding my dad and he believed that he was in big trouble.”
Jodie Whiting Aged 42 Took her own life after her social security payments stopped
Update February 2019 DWP apologise and pay the family £10,000 over its handling of her case. The report found there were “multiple failings” by officials and the department repeatedly broke its own rules prior to the 42-year-old’s death two years ago.
Helen Young’s sister had mental health problems. She needed to apply for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to live on. But her anxiety over filling in the form and the fear of rejection pushed her to her death. She threw herself under a train in Margate on Friday 21 April.
Her sister was disabled by mental health problems and needed the PIP to live off. But the PIP form, Helen says, was too long and difficult to fill in — and had a fatal impact on her sister.
Helen, who lives in Broadstairs, is calling on all candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Thanet to pledge themselves to change what she sees as an inhuman system, if they are elected.
Peter Sherwood aged 67. He needed to reapply for Personal Independence Payment, which his niece believed contributed to his heightened anger at that time.
Added March 2017
Susan Roberts aged 68 Her daughter ” is convinced that her mother would still be alive today if it was not for the flawed PIP system, and the assessment she had been given by an Atos healthcare professional”.
Added February 2017
Dawn Amos Aged 67 from Braintree passed away after suffering a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was informed that she no longer qualified to receive health benefits – on the day she died.
Leo Jacobs Aged 39 who had been battling schizophrenia for 20 years, having developed mental health problems in his late teens. His mother says that her schizophrenic son could have been saved and blasts mental health services
Jim Wright from Bury, who had serious mental health issues and didn’t know where to turn after his benefits were cut He killed himself waiting to appeal that decision.
A grieving daughter who is missing her mum sent this:
Added January 2017
Lawrence Bond, 56, suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after leaving Kentish Town Jobcentre on Thursday. His sister, Iris Green, said that he was in obvious “physical distress” when he arrived at the offices in Kentish Town Road, adding that staff are faced with an “awful dilemma”. Ms Green, said: “I realise that the reception staff have no clinical knowledge or responsibility for doing it, but the rules need to be changed so that they have the right and discretion when they see a human being turning up in physical distress to flag the situation up and ask for urgent re-assessment.”
James Harrison, who suffered from COPD, died just 10 months after Department for Work and Pensions bosses advised his GP not to write any more sick notes for him. His daughter Abbie, 23, said: “It’s a disgrace that managers at the Job Centre, who know nothing about medicine, should interfere in any way in the relationship between a doctor and a patient.
https://www.facebook.com/stoppip/ Abbie’s video about her fathers death.
Added December 2016
David Brown 18 years old and a football fan who desperately wanted a job took his own life after being ‘belittled’ by Job Centre staff, his inquest heard.
Added November 2016
Jocelyn Almond, 58. Her husband said she “died of stress-induced malnutrition after being informed she had to have a work capability assessment in order to receive ESA which was to replace the Severe Disablement Allowance she had been receiving for a chronic condition she had managed for over 30 years.”
Added October 2016
Neil Jewell, who had schizophrenia, died after failings in his care, accepted by the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) looking after him His sister, Christine Welfare, says there was a catalogue of failings in local mental health services both in the community and in hospital.
Both of these deaths have been reported to me in the last couple of weeks.
Added September 2016
Jack Shemtob, 53, landed in the lobby of the new office block next to the O2 Arena in Greenwich, South-East London, minutes after catching the lift to the top floor. A senior manager of Transport for London fell six stories to his death in front of shocked colleagues at the company’s headquarters after allegedly hearing he was being made redundant.Several security guards have been left so traumatised after witnessing the horrific incident they have been granted leave.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060044/TfL-manager-falls-storeys-death-colleagues-moments-told-redundant.html#ixzz4KW9uyVNd
J. Crump. aged 46. Mental health problems, bowel cancer. Abandoned by the system.
Added August 2016
Carol Booker aged 44, Her E.S.A was cut, she took her own life by jumping in front of a train. She left two small children
Stephen Horton Died in final stages of COPD and barely able to walk forced onto workfare with threat of sanction.He died 20th December 2014
Joanne Smith aged 46, suffered from asthma and arthritis and was involved in an ongoing dispute with the DWP over her sickness money. A post-mortem examination report found that Ms Smith died as a result of hanging. before
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 body. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/murdered-tories-mentally-ill-man-7348866
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 main priority,http://linkis.com/LQ7gp
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 ended his own life.
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 side.http://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/10360733.Benefits_withdrawal_led_to_man___s_suicide/
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 overdose. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/local/back-problems-led-to-fatal-dose-1-437852
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 his solitude.
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.
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 life-line benefits.
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 £4000.
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. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mark-william-jacka-jobless-dad-to-be-5528536
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. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-dad-told-fit-work-6093870
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 death.
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 workshops.’ http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/fit-work/story-22782662-detail/story.html
Gordon Lang 62 years old, A marine veteran who died from cancer while battling the state over benefits http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/anger-as-war-veteran-dies-with-no-apology-1-6695140
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 the tragedy. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/20/benefits_disabled-man-nicholas-barker-welfare-reform_n_3121688.html
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 September 2016
Paul Mickleburgh, 53, has undergone a series of operations over the past 33 years, including four failed transplants, and has suffered 14 heart attacks. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13059901.Father_who_suffered_14_heart_attacks__fit_for_work_/
Jim Elliot~ suffered a massive heart attack a day after his 20-minute work capability assessment during which he had complained of chest pains and struggling to breathe. He was still deemed fit to work.
Added August 2016
Paul Marlow aged 59: The Department for Work and Pensions said in July that Mr Marlow was “now capable of doing some work” despite him having bladder cancer, suffering from hepatitis B, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a medical drug addiction and other health problems.
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