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Monday, 19 September 2016

OUTRAGEOUS!! Diabetic man blames DWP benefit sanctions for leg amputation + "HOLD AN INQUIRY INTO BENEFIT SANCTIONS THAT KILLED MY BROTHER!" + MORE


Diabetic man blames DWP benefit sanctions for leg amputation      

Diabetic man blames DWP benefit sanctions for leg amputation

17:55, 7 Sep 2016

David Boyce, from Weaste, was hit with benefit sanctions but has now won an appeal and wants compensation

A diabetic had to have his leg amputated when his condition spiralled out of control because he couldn’t afford to eat healthily when his benefits were halted for FIVE months.
David Boyce’s tragic case was revealed as protesters gathered to demonstrate against ‘immoral’ Jobcentre rules and welfare sanctions.
Campaigners helped the 54-year-old win an appeal against the sanctions, which saw him without cash for five months.
But by July, his complications from his type two diabetes had already caused irreversible damage.

David Boyce
David Boyce

David, who lives in Weaste, said he couldn’t control his insulin intake and was unable to follow his strict diabetic diet because he had no money.

After he suffered diabetic ulcers and was diagnosed with the flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis, doctors were forced to amputate one of his legs.

 David, a former photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to quit because of ill-health.

He says he got into a dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about his jobseeker’s agreement and was sanctioned numerous times.
David said his benefits were frozen fourteen times because of issues with paperwork.
 
David Boyce 
David Boyce

In all, he says he went five months without payments.
The cash was eventually handed to David after he won on appeal, aided by Salford’s Unemployed and Community Resource Centre, with every sanction overturned.
But campaigners say that isn’t enough and are seeking compensation for David’s amputation, which could ‘run into the millions’.
 
David said: “My health deteriorated, my foot swelled up and I got ulcers.
“In July, I went into hospital. Somewhere along the line, I contracted necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bug, through the foot ulcer caused by my inability to sustain my diabetic diet.
Vincent Cole David Boyce
David Boyce

“I suffered from depression and mental anxiety. I’m not a rich man. I had to sell everything to eat.

“You don’t tell anyone, it’s embarrassing, that’s what they prey on.
“You go into a depression. You lock yourself away.”

 
Campaigners gathered at Eccles Job Centre to protest against ‘immoral’ benefits sanctions this week, claiming scores of people were being left depressed and on the verge of suicide.

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre manager Alec McFadden said the DWP had imposed ‘unachievable’ requirements for those in receipt of benefits.

David Boyce 
David Boyce
 
Last year, the organisation helped clients recover more than £500,000.

Mr McFadden added: “Illegal benefit sanctions need to be stopped and we will continue to use the law against these dangerous and illegal actions that bringing stress and the threat of suicide to so many people.”

A DWP spokesman said: “Sanctions are an important part of our benefits system and it is right that there is a system in place for tackling those few who do not fulfil their commitment to find work.
“They are only used in a very small percentage of cases, and the number of sanctions has fallen substantially in the last year.”


 
David Cameron: Hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions that killed my brother
 
by Gill Thompson · 211,605 supporters
Petition update - [see below the tragic story  of David Clapson, R.I.P. who sadly died after being "sanctioned" by the D.W.P..ed]

U.N. PUBLISHES DAMNING REPORT ON UK BENEFIT SANCTIONS

Gill Thompson
Stevenage, United Kingdom
 
13 Jul 2016 — The British Government's austerity policies are a breach of international human rights, a new report by the UN has warned.

The UN having investigated the UK on the effects of the welfare reforms and human rights, have now published their findings.

The report states :
The UN are “seriously concerned” by the state of inequality in the UK.


It highlighted the problems with welfare reforms and benefit cuts and the impact it is having on the vulnerable in our society.

The report also expressed concerns over
Sanctions, unemployment, zero hours, the national minimum wage, homelessness, use of food banks, and discrimination. For detail please see the attached links below


http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2016/06/un-declares-uk-s-austerity-policies-breach-international-human-rights

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/06/30/vulnerable-hit-disproportionately-uk-austerity-measures-un-warns/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/austerity-government-policy-conservatives-poor-food-banks-inequality-un-a7110066.html

Thank you again for your support and helping ensure true change is possible.

best wishes,

Gill

Please feel free to contact me direct at:
gill.a4u@outlook.com
 

The UN declares the UK's austerity policies in breach of international human rights obligations
http://butlincat.blogspot.com/2016/05/former-dwp-ministers-could-face-police.html

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Original Petition

https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-hold-an-inquiry-into-benefit-sanctions-that-killed-my-brother

Petitioning David Cameron

Hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions that killed my brother


My brother, David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting.

David had his £71.70 weekly allowance stopped meaning that he couldn’t afford food or electricity. He was penniless, starving and alone. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working. Three weeks after his benefits were stopped he died from diabetic ­ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin. 

David wasn’t a “scrounger”. He had worked for 29 years; 5 years in the Army – including two years in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, during the height of the troubles – 16 years with British Telecom, eight years with various other companies, and in recent years was a carer for our sick mother. When mum went into a home, David turned to the state for help, receiving benefits while he looked for work and taking unpaid work placements.

When he died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.

People turn to the state when they are in need - that is what the system is for - a safety net for hard working people like my brother when they need a bit of support. That £71.70 a week was his lifeline. To withhold it from him for missing one meeting is cruel. And the heartbreaking thing is that he was really trying. CVs for job applications were found near David’s body. He had been on work placements, passed his fork lift truck certificate and had been on a computer training course.
Like many others I believe that benefits sanctions (penalties by the government for things like missing Jobcentre meetings) are completely out of control and putting those most in need at risk. A million people have been sanctioned in the last year – many of them are extremely vulnerable like my brother was.

I want to know how the Department of Work and Pensions can justify welfare sanctions that are driving people to foodbanks and leading to starvation and death. The DWP were aware of my brother’s  diabetes and insulin dependency, and, if as they say, they followed procedures and no errors were made, then why did my brother die?

Questions need to be asked of how Iain Duncan Smith is justifying benefit sanctions. What is the full impact of these sanctions? Are they working or simply putting the vulnerable further at risk?

I don’t want anybody else to die like this. 

Please sign my petition for a full independent inquiry into the DWP’s sanctions regime.
 
This petition was delivered to:
  • David Cameron

Gill Thompson started this petition with a single signature, and won with 211,605 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about. 

Updates

  1. Victory

    22 Oct 2014 — We did it - MPs will hold an independent inquiry into the benefit sanctions that killed my brother David.
    My brother David was an ex-soldier who worked for 29 years but died, starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting.
    Now thanks to the more than 211,000 people who signed my petition - the Government will be forced to investigate whether stopping and sanctioning his benefits contributed to his death.
    This victory is not just for David, it's for all vulnerable people who need a safety net in tough times.
    I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign. You are the ones that have helped make all this possible. Your wonderful support has forced MPs to act.
    Read the news of the victory in The Mirror
  2. 2 years ago
    200,000 supporters
esa1
 
esa2

Former DWP ministers could face police investigation over fit-to-work tests
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A complaint was made against Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling    Monday 9 May 2016  Jon Stone @joncstone
 
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Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith Getty  
      
Police in Scotland are assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation into two former DWP ministers’ handling of so-called disability fit-to-work tests.
Disabled activist John McArdle of the Black Triangle campaign lodged a complaint with police in March against Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling, according to the Disability News Service news agency.
He told police in Edinburgh that the two ministers had ignored a coronor’s concerns about the safety of the tests, which are used to judge whether a disabled person receives benefits.

He also produced evidence of suicides he said were related to fitness-to-work tests.
Mr McArdle says the ministers may be guilty of “willful neglect of duty by a public official”, which is a criminal offence.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, willful neglect “can be the result of a positive act or a failure to act”.
“There must also be an element of knowledge or at least recklessness about the way in which the duty is carried out or neglected,” the CPS explains.
“The test is a subjective one and the public officer must be aware that his/her behaviour is capable of being misconduct.”

 
1/16 above pic:  "One case where the claimant’s wife went into premature labour and had to go to hospital. This caused the claimant to miss an appointment. No leeway given" see more shocking pics: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-police-assessing-possible-investigation-into-dwp-ministers-over-fit-to-work-tests-a7020471.html#gallery
  • A spokesperson for Police Scotland told the Disability News Service: “Police in Edinburgh received a report of misconduct in public office on 23 March 2016.
“The individual who made the complaint has been spoken to and we are awaiting further information to assess this matter and establish what actions are required.”
SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has reportedly written to the chief constable of Police Scotland asking to be kept informed of any investigation.
 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6_7bMtY-0A]
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 above video: Angus Robertson questions David Cameron on DWP benefit fraud investigators
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Campaigners have long accused the DWP's fit-to-work tests of causing deaths and have pointed to a number of suicides that took place in light of sanctions.The Department for Work and Pensions said it would not comment on a police matter
“It is important we make sure that people are receiving the right support, and they are not simply written off to a life on benefits," a spokesperson said.
"The Work Capability Assessment has been improved dramatically since 2008 following a number of reviews, including five independent ones.”
 
  • Read more:
DWP drew up plans to charge disabled people for fit-to-work appeals, internal documents reveal
If the DWP is forced to publish its secret records on benefits claimants' suicides, everything could change
DWP could be forced to publish secret details of benefit claimant suicides
source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/iain-duncan-smith-police-assessing-possible-investigation-into-dwp-ministers-over-fit-to-work-tests-a7020471.html
 
 

THE PRICE OF WAGING WAR ON THE SICK AND DISABLED

Posted in Benefits by  
   
This was written by the excellent website ‘ Benefits and Work
More Department of Work and Pensions staff take time off sick because of depression and anxiety than for any other reason.
In this they are different from other government departments, where minor illnesses such as colds and back pain are the main reasons for staff absences.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS says that the level of mental health issues amongst DWP workers “highlights the huge pressures on staff who are forced to carry out the Government’s cruel policies that have turned jobcentres from places of help and support into ones of conflict and suspicion.”
“DWP staff know that punishing and vilifying sick, disabled and unemployed people is not only morally wrong, it is counterproductive.”
Benefits and Work would like to issue an invitation to DWP staff who are being made ill by their work: talk to us.
There has been a notable lack of leaks from the DWP.
There have been very few whistle-blowers [why? perhaps because of the shocking consequences such is happening right now and for the past years to ex-Child Protection Officer and Level 3 Social Worker Carol Woods: https://butlincat.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/carol-woods-illegal-tracking-of-her-motor-vehicle-090516-archive/ ...ed.].  
And even fewer people prepared to leak any of the huge number of documents that the DWP fight to keep hidden from public sight, like the plan to charge for appeal tribunals below.
So, if you are morally repulsed by what you have ended up doing for a living – do something about it and drop us an email at info@benefitsandwork.co.uk
We will treat all contacts with complete confidentiality.
above: "Bournemouth Echo" 08/05/16 
FAILING: Northbourne Surgery has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission
 
FAILING: Northbourne Surgery has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission
8 May 16 / Will Frampton /
 A GP practice has been placed in special measures after inspectors found it was failing its patients
   Northbourne Surgery has been rated ‘inadequate’ after a visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March this year identified serious failings in its care for the elderly, people with long-term conditions, young people and families and people with mental health problems including dementia. 
   The report said “safety of care for older patients was not a priority” at the practice - based in Wimborne Road, Bournemouth - which was also not recording health ‘outcomes’ for elderly patients unable to attend health checks.
Staff were not “aware of their responsibilities” in passing on concerns about vulnerable children and adults who might be suffering abuse.
Also, the report said the practice was “unable to identify patients experiencing poor mental health or those with dementia”. 
Under ‘special measures’ the CQC will conduct a follow up inspection in six months. If no improvement is made the commission can cancel the surgery’s registration.
Ruth Rankine, chief inspector of general practice, said: “During our inspection we saw that staff were caring and treated patients with compassion, dignity and respect. However, we also found that care and treatment was not always delivered in line with best practice.
“We have found significant areas of concern, which is why we are placing the practice into special measures - so opening the way for the practice to receive support from NHS England among others.” 
Surveys showed the practice was in line with national averages for patient satisfaction.
However working age patients expressed dissatisfaction about inflexibility in its appointment system.
Other issues identified by the CQC were a lack of “timely” action to identify abnormal results after investigations, a shortfall in infection control procedures and a failure to show staff were approved to give vaccines.