Second Suicide Linked To Welfare Reform Reported This Week: RIP Victor Cuff

Just when will this end

the void

atos-paralympic-protestAnother tragic suicide has been reported which appears to be linked to the brutal Work Capability Assessments used to strip people of benefits by declaring them ‘fit for work’.

According to South East London newspaper, the News Shopper, Victor Cuff, aged 59, hung himself in May after his sickness benefits were cut.  The newspaper reports that Mr Cuff had previously had suffered from depression and an inquest into his death heard that he had been “feeling down” and was having money problems after his sickness benefits were reduced.

This is the second suicide linked to withdrawal of sickness benefits which has been reported in just one week. On Monday the Bristol Post featured the story of Jacqueline Harris who took her own life after being found ‘fit for work’ resulting in her benefits being slashed.

Anyone who claims these suicides are not linked to welfare reforms has probably…

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Information Commissioner rules on the cover-up of DWP-related deaths

Mike Sivier's blog

Long-term readers will know that the author of this blog has spent the last few months trying to get officials at the Department for Work and Pensions to release mortality statistics for people undergoing the assessment procedure for Employment and Support Allowance.

It is in the public interest for the nation to know how many seriously ill or disabled people are dying while they wait to undergo the controversial Atos-run medical assessment, while they await the result, and while they appeal against a result that puts them in the wrong group or claims they are fit for work.

These deaths may be due to deterioration in their health – whether or not it was caused by the process – or suicide prompted by the process or the decision.

An initial Freedom of Information request was rejected by the DWP on the grounds that it was “vexatious”. I disputed that claim, and…

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Dear Readers,

We would all like to take this time in thanking everyone for all your overwhelming comments and support. As you would have read, that Simon have given all the details involved and proof concerning the elderly man who was evicted from his home by a private landlady, which is very true. As Simon has all the proof as he was witness to the eviction. We have endeavored to answer mostly some comments, with the huge amount of comments running into thousands. Which we did not expect at all. As we are Not Journalists at all, we are ordinary disabled activists campaigning on the grassroots, telling it as it is in our back streets so to speak and getting the word out where it matters! We get hundreds of emails a day from the sick, disabled, vulnerable in dispare asking for help.  As this happens each and every day…

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Mandi Riseman

Why Mr. Penning….???

I have M.S. live in my own first floor flat with a small mortgage (not Council) so not draining the Government, I also have a Motability car. To go out I have to get down the stairs which is not easy then use my three wheel walker to get to my car and then put it in the boot….then go to the supermarket and use the small trolley and then put the shopping in the boot. When I get home a Special Needs man called Donovan brings my shopping up for me. I live in a village and do go out 2/3 times a week for bread, milk etc., in my car. I also go to the Dr’s / hospital in my car and to see friends occasionally…

Mr. Penning wants to take away my independence and it’s so wrong a minicab is £10 minimum charge.


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Your chance to #haveyoursayIDS


As you know from yesterdays blog we are going to meet with Liz Kendal and Kate Green on the 18th of November to submit our Petition about IDS & the DWP’s misuse of statistics, and asking the Work and Pensions Select Committee to hold Ian Duncan Smith to account for this and how it paints a dark and inaccurate picture of those on benefits, especially those on DLA and ESA.

As well as inviting those of you who signed our petition all 104,696 of us to attend the submission; we would like you to make a comment about how this misuse of Stats by the DWP has affected you, whether that’s emotionally, physically or if you have been a victim of hate crime associated with the media attacks fuelled by these Lies.

If you would like to make a comment please use the same email as before – and…

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[Help to Work] 6 month Community Workfare: Commercial competition opens for business

4/11/13 update: Community Work Placements -Information Pack for Delivery Partners
Publication date: 04 November 2013 to 04 December 2013

Specification and  ‘Invitation to Tender’ documents
Reference number: UI_DWP_100625
Estimated duration 28/04/2014 – 27/10/2016
Estimated value £0 – £253,800,000
Community Work Placements Specification (word doc)
Community Work Placements Annex A (word doc)
(Search under: “UI_DWP_100625”)

Evaluation of Support for Very Long-term Unemployed (SVLTU) Trailblazer
We found that there too be no significant difference in job outcomes at the end of the six month programme

Annex 1

.”Touchbase e-zine about…

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