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A Son’s Tribute To A Mother Lost To DWP Madness

September 20, 2015

My mother Ruby Urbacz age 59 was found dead at her home on the 6th September as a result of a heart attack. She had been admitted to hospital a 01/08/15 for chest pains where they found she had had three minor heart attacks. Even though my mother had poor mobility , type 2 diabetes, very basic numeracy and literacy skills and mental health problems including depression, she was deemed “fit for work” by the DWP . She was put on JSA and hounded to show evidence of looking for a job she struggled to write a shopping list and thus constantly worried about money and if her benefits would be stopped.
Her benefits were stopped without without any investigation as she missed her jsa appointment whilst in hospital, after her discharge she had received no money for five consecutive weeks of the £50 per week she would have normally received she was also paying £20 per week in bedroom tax. On only £30 per week She could not afford to feed herself properly as bills were her main priority, so was living off food bought from poundland which obviously worsened her diabetes.
She was getting carer visits from the red cross
After her discharge from hospital. On the the 4th September the cares notes say “Ruby is worried about money, still waiting for benefits to be sorted.” She died less than 48hours later.
I’m writing this not because I want sympathy but to make you aware that Ian Duncan Smith’s policies are directly contributing to the deaths of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Please do not comment with sympathetic messages as this will not change anything, instead share this post and make as many people aware of the contemptuous nature of our self serving government who punish the poor and give to the rich.
Thank you for sharing.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. mili68 permalink
    September 20, 2015 11:44 am

    Tweeted @melissacade68


  2. mili68 permalink
    September 20, 2015 11:47 am

    This is an absolutely disgusting waste of a ladys’ life by a cruel and unnecessary regime by the Tories, IDS and the DWP; but NONE of them will come forward and take responsibility for this death. Shocking.


  3. September 20, 2015 12:17 pm

    Shared – dreadfully sad, and unacceptable 😦


  4. Bookworm permalink
    September 20, 2015 12:21 pm

    A few short years ago this poor lady would have been a year away from being entitled to a state pension and treated as elderly with compassion by the state. What the hell have they done to this country?


  5. September 20, 2015 12:33 pm

    Hi Padma,

    This article shows how stressful the situation is for all benefit claimants. I hope you manage to read this, and high-light it in your letter, giving all the most important points.


    Ksenia Blake


  6. September 20, 2015 12:36 pm


    Apologies for sending my reply to the wrong person.


    Ksenia Blake



  7. September 20, 2015 12:39 pm

    Tweeted & FB. Love and Huggs Sioux


  8. Nick permalink
    September 20, 2015 1:27 pm

    NOTED AND FORWARDED TO Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities FOR THE UN


  9. September 20, 2015 9:21 pm

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.


  10. September 20, 2015 11:02 pm

    Am so sad about this


  11. September 21, 2015 1:55 am

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.


  12. September 21, 2015 6:46 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.


  13. September 28, 2015 8:13 pm

    Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    Thank you for having the courage to share this. It is desperately sad and I hope she finds real peace. I also hope that we cn alert many others to the suffering and crisis people are having to go through and finally get this stopped.


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