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Mentioning Suicide To The DWP Makes You Suicidal

March 7, 2015

Police officers smashed down the front door of a Mansfield man’s flat after the DWP tipped them off he could be suicidal.

Kevan Ramsdale was settling down for the night in front of his TV with his headphones on when two policemen walked into his bedroom.

Kevan 52, said he was shocked and surprised to see the two men.

Mr Ramsdale who is in the process of making a claim with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), said: “I was talking to someone about my claim being delayed and I asked the woman on the phone if she had seen a Channel 4 Dispatches TV programme the night before showing how many people had committed suicide after having their benefits cut.

“I said it was no wonder people did it because the DWP make life so difficult for them. I didn’t think any more about it.”

He said at 8pm on Monday he had been watching TV in his bedroom with his headphones on. “I heard some noise and the next thing I know there were two men standing above me,” said Mr Ramsdale.

“They smashed my front door to smithereens and forced their way into my bedroom.

“They weren’t in uniform and said they had called to see me after DWP contacted the police and told them I was suicidal. “


11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2015 1:23 am

    Unless This Gentleman had said something more than was reported, then it would appear that this was done in order to teach him a lesson. I doubt that anyone who said they were faint with hunger would be sent a takeaway, nor anyone complaining about hypothermia a coat, or a heater with fuel on board. Perhaps if Everyone who was claiming benefits said that they were worried about the numbers being harassed and subsequently committing suicide they would learn to behave better. However, IF the people employed BY the Taxpayer (i.e You, Me, and anyone who spends virtually anything) really believed that he was a suicide risk, WHY did it take until 8pm to get someone there? A call to a manager, followed by a call to the police should have taken minutes, then the police, if they took it seriously, maybe a half hour, in town. But, if this is proven to be another way to “wind up the claimant”, then those Taxpayers Employees responsible MUST find themselves in court, charged with wasting police time, and knowingly causing Criminal Damage – the damage caused by the police as a result of their “prank” call. If anyone, Taxpayers Employee or otherwise, taking a call is suspicious about suicide, they should be Human (and Humane) enough to say, “I’m sorry to hear you say that. Do you feel that way yourself?” Not asking probably meant not suspecting, or not caring, or both. People on Benefits are People first, and should be treated as such. It is a pity that we have been driven, by constant demonstrations by these Taxpayers Employees, to suspect that this, too, was just another dirty trick, designed to “discomfort the claimant”. These Taxpayers Employees reap what they sow.

  2. March 7, 2015 9:33 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

  3. jaypot2012 permalink
    March 7, 2015 4:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    New lows by the taxpayers employees…

  4. March 7, 2015 7:54 pm

    This is another sign of welfare admin costs surging, whilst the money to the starving reducing year on year by the tens of billions.

    The police budget will have to replace the smashed in door, which is not cheap.

    The way to end all this cruelty is within the poor’s grasp,
    more this time to get food money than any other time in UK history,
    as the poor, in many areas, now outnumber all those
    putting a cross on a piece of paper by a party logo for Thursday 7 May.

    Labour would be better to fund the electioneering ads in England, the biggest part of the UK, of such as:

    – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

    – Class War

    – Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall

    in marginals, which means areas where the sitting Tory or Lib Dem MP had so few bothering to put pencilled cross for them, they only scraped through into the job.

    And in these marginals, the poor outnumber all other voters.

    Labour will not get sufficient to rule government on its own.

    So much so that there is talk of a Labour and Tory coalition,
    because the lack of people coming out to put pencil cross to paper on 7 May will be so great.

    And we saw with the Lib Dems how they just let the Tories do their ever increasing cruelties.

    TUSC and Class War are natural allies to Labour and would utterly change Labour if kept within an arm’s length called ‘support and confidence’,
    which is what will be offered by the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru in Wales.

    But the SNP and Plaid Cymru will be insufficient to give Labour enough to rule against the Tories.

    See more about this greatest power for the poor in a generation, on:

  5. Alan permalink
    March 8, 2015 1:50 am

    I’m worried about these DWP Employees it seems yo me that their mind sets are similar to Concentration Camp Guards… Are they having to go through some de-humanising training before they start work, or are they naturally inhuman and worthless? Whichever it is the sooner we put something in place to minimize their power the better!

  6. Cerys permalink
    July 6, 2019 3:03 pm

    Sadly the police never reimbursed the costs of their criminal damage and as a result this gentleman as the tenant was evicted from his home as the housing association in collusion with the police claimed it was caused by his anti social behaviour!

    Twelve police Constable descended upon him that night and I made a formal complaint four years on its still unaddressed!

    He is now as a vulnerable disabled gentleman left without dwp entitlements since February 2019 and homeless!

  7. CSADVISOR_ENG permalink
    August 5, 2020 4:55 pm

    I wouldn’t believe anything this man says, im sure he was a lot more abusive to the person he spoke to at the DWP!
    I have spoken to him as a customer service adviser and he calls through and abuses all members of staff and refuses to answer data protection questions because he is disabled, he quotes the equality act however and states he should be treat the same as everyone else, yet he expects special treatment due to a disability. While i appreciate that he is disabled there is no need to be rude and abuse people on the phone and start quoting laws that are not relevent when you are only asked Data protection questions to protect your data.

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