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Talented Musician Aaron Lane Took His Own Life After DLA Cut

July 10, 2015

A talented musician battling mental health problems took his own life after he was ruled fit to work.

Aaron Lane, who won a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London in his 20s, suffered psychosis and had been receiving Employment and Support Allowance.

But he was recently ruled fit to work under the Tory Government’s crippling benefits changes.

Instead Aaron, who lived alone in a flat, was surviving on Jobseeker’s Allowance.

His parents say he feared he would lose all of his benefits and be left penniless.

After they raised concerns, police forced entry to his home in Newark, Lincs, and found him dead aged 31.

It is understood he had taken his own life.

Aaron’s dad Steve and mum Carol are calling for more detailed checks to be carried out on people with mental health problems before benefits are stopped or changed.

“He used to say every single day that no one would employ him,” said Carol.

“He was in his own world yet there was a whole world out there waiting for him.

“He never gave us any indication of what he was about to do.”

“We will remember Aaron as a happy child. We never had any trouble with him growing up. He never asked for anything. He took what life gave him.”

Steve added: “We believe he took his own life because things were getting on top of him.

“That little bit of extra money allowed him to have the internet at home which brought the world to him. His world was getting smaller and smaller.

“He was worried that all of his money would be stopped.

“We don’t blame anyone but Aaron was let down across the system. He was too often a box to tick.

“If the Government wants to get people off invalidity benefit, and there are a lot who milk it, people with mental health issues need a sponsored placement where their progress can be monitored before their benefits are stopped.”

Aaron had been troubled by psychosis since he was a teen and at one point was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

After his condition improved Aaron got his own flat. He was on regular medication and found a temporary job over Christmas 2014.

“But then we began to notice he had started talking to himself again,” said Mr Lane. “He was given drugs to control it and to a degree he returned to normality. All he ever wanted was to be normal.

“There is a stigma attached to mental health issues that is as bad today as it has ever been.

“People are scared of what they can’t see. If Aaron’s story does anything, hopefully it will be to change just one perception.”

The Department for Work and Pensions said it had followed all correct procedures in Aaron’s case.

“Our sympathies are with Mr Lane’s family. We provide tailored support to jobseekers and if we become aware of health changes that mean they can’t work we can offer support. Mr Lane was still in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance at the time of his death.”

An inquest into Aaron’s death will be held in December.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 10, 2015 10:37 am

    When will people and by that I mean the general public sit up and take notice, every death the DWP comment on ‘procedures were followed’ why isn’t this questioned by anyone but us in the disabled community

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