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Benefit changes are killing the vulnerable, say campaigners

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Benefit changes are killing the vulnerable, say campaigners

The sister of a mentally ill man who starved to death in David Cameron's constituency after his benefits were wrongly cut has accused the Government of "killing the very vulnerable", as official figures emerged suggesting dozens of people could have died in similar circumstances.

Freedom of Information requests by the Disability News Service revealed that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has investigated decisions made about welfare payments following the deaths of 60 people since 2012 – the first time the DWP has tacitly admitted there could be a link.

However, campaigners believe the number of deaths could be far higher, claiming the changes to benefit rules have amounted to "passive euthanasia".

A public meeting in Witney in Oxfordshire on Thursday will hear from the sisters of two men who died after their benefits were cut, Mark Wood, 44 and David Clapson, 59. Mr Wood, who had a number of mental health problems, was found starved to death last year after his benefits were reduced to £40 a week because he was deemed fit for work. A government review later found that this decision had been a mistake.

The Prime Minister has said his death was "tragic" and pledged to "help find the answers to make sure that lessons are learnt". However, Mr Wood's sister Cathie Wood, 49, said she felt that members of the Government believed "these people aren't worth having around".

"They must, in their secret hearts, think that," she said. "It worked; he died. They say they want to protect the very vulnerable, and they are killing the very vulnerable. I think it is a really huge, hidden scandal and there are going to be more people who die this winter."

(continued, go not quietly to the grave - make a noise and make them pay?)
 
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I always liked The Independent, they put out some good stories. This is pretty disgraceful though, I would t be surprised if it becomes a big scandal.
 
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I always liked The Independent, they put out some good stories. This is pretty disgraceful though, I would t be surprised if it becomes a big scandal.
Should be interesting what the international press makes of it....and how the government tries to suppress that international interest? and fuels the story?
 

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i think people should be shocked - The media, political, social & welfare programs currently enacted over the past 6 or so years in the UK are eerily similar to how it all started in pre war Germany. There was also the resurgence of interest in spirituality. It's just not really being reported in the mainstream & the vast majority of people are totally brain washed & conditioned by the mass media.
 
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i think people should be shocked - The media, political, social & welfare programs currently enacted over the past 6 or so years in the UK are eerily similar to how it all started in pre war Germany. There was also the resurgence of interest in spirituality. It's just not really being reported in the mainstream & the vast majority of people are totally brain washed & conditioned by the mass media.
There was a lot happening in the thirties but Hitler's regime was ultimately fuelled by oil. If it comes to it. And they start to get ideas...making like Nazis in a bigger and bigger way....the resistance must focus on destroying the coastal refineries....that is how it will be stopped.
 
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