THE UK Government’s brutal welfare cuts have for the first time officially been blamed for the death of a disabled dad.
The 60-year-old man with serious mental health problems killed himself after being hounded back to work by Iain Duncan Smith’s Department of Work and Pensions(DWP) after being on disability benefits for 10 years.
An investigation found that the “trigger” for the suicide was “his recent assessment by a DWP doctor as being fit for work”.
The London-based coroner has written to the DWP raising concerns that “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken.”
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SNP respond to Iain Duncan Smith speech
Mon, 24/08/2015 – 16:51
The SNP have accused the Department of Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith of looking to further cut support for disabled people.
Commenting, Social Justice and Welfare Spokesperson Eilidh Whiteford MP said:
“Ian Duncan Smith’s speech today is his way of trying to hide further benefit cuts and is yet another example of the Tories ideologically-driven attack on our social security system. Once again, it is society’s most vulnerable who will suffer most as a result.
“There are deep seated flaws with the current assessment process. What is needed is a full independent assessment to understand the problems within the current system. Once that is established, a new assessment system can be introduced which does not stigmatise people and truly supports people into meaningful work rather than acts as a vehicle to removing benefits.
“That is what people actually need rather than the measures proposed by Iain Duncan Smith today, which will only lead to more hardship for more people.
“The Scottish Government has been acting to offset the savage cuts by the UK Government through the ‘Getting It Right’ framework, Scottish Independent Living Fund, over £5million to improve learning disability services, and of course almost £300million to mitigate UK Government welfare cuts. This is in stark opposition to a UK Government who have removed support from disabled people at every turn, scrapping the Independent Living Fund, cutting the disabled Access To Work Scheme, closing Remploy factories, and introducing the bedroom tax.
“It is still a deeply worrying time for many in Scotland and across the UK, who rely on support. This is just the latest in a series of attacks by the Tories who have consistently and frequently attacked the ill and disabled.”