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Claimant Death: Mike Sivier’s Letter To Dame Anne Begg

December 12, 2014

A commenter on yesterday’s article about the death of a claimant at Ashton-Under-Lyne Job Centre raised an important point.

The comment was intended to harshly criticise the piece by misrepresenting it as saying Job Centre staff are responsible for forming government policies. Of course they aren’t – but as human beings with responsibility for their own actions, they may certainly choose whether to carry out those policies. They have personal responsibility for what they do. This means they must also take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

The response to the commenter was that there is an advisor at Ashton-Under-Lyne Job Centre Plus whose decision led to the death of a claimant and that person must live with the fact for the rest of their life. It is possible they may have to pay a penalty for it (along with those who gave the orders), if some of us get what we want from a future government. If and when that happens, resigning may seem like a much better option.

But that won’t happen at all, if nobody investigates what happens.

Here’s a letter to Dame Anne Begg, chair of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, asking for that investigation. Perhaps readers of this article may wish to write to their own MP, asking them to support the request.

You can read the letter at Vox Political.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    December 12, 2014 1:59 pm

    i keep Dame Anne Begg, up to date on all deaths when i speak with her but with regret i don’t think she can like me cope with it all on a daily basis as it’s far from leading a normal life both for herself and myself

    this will get worse next April i feel as if you live alone there will be no one to help you at all in many cases and will just die

    what i can say is if you know of a death looming are worried about someone then for god-sake speak out and give Anne a call

    (t) 01224 974404

    Dame Anne Begg MP
    39-41 Victoria Road
    AB11 9LS

  2. December 12, 2014 2:36 pm

    there should be redress for every wrong decision, wether it be sanctions/esa/pip etc that cause financial hardship, poverty and death, these bloody people at the dwp should know what they are doing.. or not do the job !! they are holding a persons life in their hands through their decisions and if they get it wrong as they so often do a person can lose their money, their home.. and their life !!

  3. December 13, 2014 11:21 am

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  4. December 14, 2014 11:37 am

    I continue to remain at a loss as to why The Greens are not shouting from the rooftops their new and unique policy set from their 2014 Spring Conference,

    That saves you and me from the cruel benefits regime.

    And from the moral theft of the state pension, when the state pension money is languishing in the National Insurance Fund from 2013 to the amount of £30 billion (more than enough for the 7 years lost payout of state penson to a couple from 2013 that is vital food and fuel money).

    The Greens would replace the entire cruel benefits regime with the below, giving a supplement to those living alone and to the disabled:

    – univeral and automatic Citizen Income, non-withdrawable
    to the level of the basic tax allowance

    – Full State Pension to all citizens,
    irregardless of National Insurance contribution / credit history,
    being lost today from
    benefit rule changes and
    early retirement on tiny works pension barely 4 per cent lowest income under the massive austerity job cuts, only to get worse as state spending is due to fall to 1930s level,
    before the 1945 welfare state.

    The flat rate pension leaves women born from 1953 and men born from 1951
    and far less state pension that even now
    lowest of all rich nations bar poor Mexico.

    If the Greens put these new policies on billboards through England and Wales they would soar in the polls and may even form a majority government in 2015, something no political party can do save the SNP in just their Scotland.

    The Greens would gain:

    13 million who according to Oxfam, struggle to make ends meet each day
    11 million disabled
    2.6 million pensioners on far below the bread line or barely on it
    The half of over 50s / over 60s within the working poor denied state pension payout at 60 to the wife and then leaving the wife with nil state pension for life, either as wife or widow
    The 50 per cent unemployment rate of over 50s, even worse to over 60s.
    The majority reason over 50s / over 60s not in work is due to disability / chronic illness and TUC agree such age group little chance of re-employment.

    And small businesses that keep failing as the poor and old have not the money to shop in the town centre, so losing mostly youth jobs.

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