David Clapson- Inquest Denied
Alongside fellow campaigners I attended the London premiere of “I Daniel Blake,” meeting with the director and cast and carrying a banner with names of the many people who have died we feel, due to benefit sanctions. It was a great film and a great evening.
Earlier in the year I launched a campaign through Crowd Justice to raise funds to appeal to the Attorney General to launch an inquest into David’s death.
By doing this I had hoped to show that David’s death could have been avoided, and subsequently then hoping we can ensure this kind of suffering does not happen to others.
Sadly on the 4th November the Coroner has refused an inquest into David’s death, stating there was no causal link between the sanction on David’s benefits and his death.
The Coroner does not propose to hold a fresh investigation into the death of Mr Clapson.
he stated: “…the evidence does not support either a direct or contributory causal link between the imposition of the benefit sanction and Mr Clapson’s death. In addition… there is no evidence as to whether the benefit sanction was imposed properly or not.”
Essentially indicating there was no causal effect on David’s death through being sanctioned.
Yet David was left with no money for electric to chill his insulin, and, in the Coroner’s own autopsy it stated David had no food in his stomach when he died.
The consequences of taking insulin without food is potentially fatal, yet to not take insulin can cause diabetic ketoacidosis – hardly a choice in my opinion.
I have now started a new campaign through Crowd Justice with an aim to undertake a Judicial Review in the High Court, and this can be found below.