In Memoriam for the Victims of ATOS and IDS’ DWP

This video was posted by Stilloaks in the comments to Johnny Void’s piece on the death of the Bristol woman, Jacqueline Harris. Mrs Harris had a serious back condition and lack of mobility in her wrist. she also had only partial sight. Despite this, ATOS decided after a two minute interview that she was fit for work. Her benefits were duly stopped. In despair, this lady took her own life. The question that determined her fate was ‘Did you come here by bus?’

She isn’t the only tragic victim of a cruel and malignant system. Many others have been driven to do the same, though odiously IDS will not release the true figures. This video shows some of the others, who’ve also committed suicide due to benefits cuts. These include not just those, who have suffered from ATOS, but also victims of the bedroom tax, and the poverty inflicted through the current levels of benefit payments. Most horrifically, one of them was a young woman, who killed both herself and the baby in her arms.

Several of these victims are definitely what is known in law as ‘vulnerable adults’. Apart from the physically disabled, they also include several with mental health problems, such as depression and schizophrenia. A couple were walking 12 miles a day to collect free vegetables due to cuts to their benefit. Another woman could not afford to heat her home, and lived on tinned custard.

To paraphrase the Doctor to the Daleks in the episode, ‘Asylum of the Daleks’: And I thought IDS had run out of ways to make me sick’.

Here’s the video.

I’ve reblogged Johnny Void’s article, and support every word he says about the case. I’d say that this was another death IDS has on his conscience, but he clearly hasn’t got one. There should be no more excuses from IDS or the rest of the Coalition. ATOS needs to be closed down now.

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7 Responses to “In Memoriam for the Victims of ATOS and IDS’ DWP”

  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie Says:

    Blessings and thank you for sharing this through the tears, just sat here how blessed we are for what we have. Such a beautiful and poignant memorial we will share far and wide God Bless. Sending Prayers to all those who have loved lost the families in honour and respect. This is nothing but pure GENOCIDE nothing more nothing less. “Lest We Forget” Prayers Love and Warmest of Huggs :(((((

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thank you for your kind appreciation. I’m sorry if I’ve upset you, though it is a very moving video. it definitely puts the faces to the bare statistics of the DWP’s victims.

  2. rainbowwarriorlizzie Says:


  3. stilloaks Says:

    Thank you beastrabban for posting this video. I made it a couple of months ago after Annana,myself and others over at started to compose a list of those taken from us too soon. The full thread is here..
    If anyone watches this video and wishes to share it, I suggest they grab a copy of it from youtube soon. you tube are telling me I may have committed infringement of copyright by using the music that I chose for the video. Thanks again for posting this it needs to be shared in order to open more peoples eyes.
    Kind Regards Still Oaks.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for the appreciation, Still Oaks. I’m glad you made it as it shows that these were real, living people with dignity, and not just another statistic.

  4. In Memoriam for the Victims of ATOS and IDS’ DWP. | Still Oaks Says:

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  5. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    its happening daily but wonder why the rest of those 99percent don’t shout out while they kill more of us off jeff3

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