Government assessment delays are causing deaths – are ministers trying to shift blame?

Yet another death of a poor, vulnerable individual directly caused by this government and its absurd and wretched welfare reforms. The time’s long past when IDS or Penning could smarm such incidents away with smooth phrases about how it was all due to teething problems, or similar platitudes to assure people that this is all just some minor blip or hiccup, which will be ironed out. This is a government that has killed, and continues to kill, hundreds, if not thousands every year through poverty and starvation caused by the stoppage of their benefits. Because of this, a mentally ill woman has died, leaving a boy without a mother. There is no mention of a father, only that the lad is being cared for by an aunt. This is an outrage. Penning and his vile boss, IDS, should be sacked and the DWP purged of the supporters of their policies and reformed. It is unfit for purpose at any level. And the door should be slammed shut on further privatisation of the welfare services, with legal proceedings launched against ATOS for culpable criminal negligence.

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He knows he's in trouble: Mike Penning, staring down the hole in his claims about Atos. He knows he’s in trouble: Mike Penning, staring down the hole in his claims about Atos.

The Liverpool Echo has reported the death of a woman who had been ordered to claim the new Personal Independence Payment – and was then denied any benefit payments for six months.

At the same time, we have learnt that disabilities minister Mike Penning has been caught giving false evidence to a Parliamentary committee on the way contracts for the assessment of disability benefits have been awarded.

The two are not unconnected, it seems.

Annette Francis was found dead at her home in Garston on May 22. She had been suffering severe mental illness but had not received a single penny of disability benefit for six months, since the Department for Work and Pensions had stopped her claim for Disability Living Allowance and told her to apply for PIP.

She did so – but…

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