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Stephen Smith’s ESA Backpay Will Now Pay For His Funeral

April 23, 2019

Vital benefit money that six-stone Liverpool man Stephen Smith was wrongly denied will now be used to pay for his funeral.

Yesterday the ECHO revealed that Mr Smith, whose story prompted anger across the country, sadly died just a few of months after winning a lengthy battle with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to access benefits he needed as he battled serious illness.

After being wrongly turned down and told he needed to look for work, an emaciated, six-stone Stephen had to get a pass out of hospital in January in order to fight and overturn the DWP’s decision.

After his case was highlighted by the ECHO, the government eventually agreed to issue backpay of more than £4,000 to Mr Smith for the time he should have been receiving benefits.

But in a heartbreaking and cruelly ironic twist, the struggling 64-year-old never got a chance to spend that money he was denied – and it is now being used to pay for his funeral.

This news was confirmed by Terry Craven, a former council benefits advisor who took up Mr Smith’s case and helped him to victory over the DWP.

Speaking to the ECHO, Terry said he was still coming to terms with the news of Mr Smith’s death.

He said: “I was shocked when I found out – I’m still in a state of shock to be honest with you.

“Stephen was a nice man who had fallen on hard times – he asked the government to help him and he got humiliated.”

The cause of Mr Smith’s death has not yet been confirmed, but Terry said he is certain that the ordeal he went through in trying to get the benefits he needed will not have helped his deteriorating health.

He said: “I’ve got no doubt that his treatment was a contributory factor to his health getting worse – if only people had heeded warnings from his doctor, who said that if he was found to be fit to find work, it would lead to a serious deterioration in his health.”

He added: “That money that the DWP eventually paid back to him, he never got a chance to spend it.

“That is now going to be used to pay for his funeral – which is the ultimate kick in the teeth. Personally I think the government should step up and pay for it.”

Thousands of people have reacted with anger, sadness and frustration at how Mr Smith was treated in the build-up to his death.

But Terry, who operates his benefits advice and support organisation from The Casa Community Centre in Hope Street, said he has many more harrowing cases like Mr Smith’s on his books.

He said: “We are struggling, we don’t have any funding and we have come close to shutting down – but there are too many people asking for help.”

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  1. April 23, 2019 3:48 am

    This Guy –

    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter –

    “Casa community centre and his case was taken up by Terry Craven, a benefit claims adviser.”

    Stephen with welfare advisor Terry Craven and Tony Nelson of the CASA (Image: Liverpool Echo)

    So… how come those ‘benefit claims advisers’ haven’t heard of the FU*King POLICE???
    Lowlife criminal scum.

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –

    Fraud Act 2006 –

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    Criminal Justice Act 1988 – Torture

    Criminal Attempts Act 1981 –


    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter –

    UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles

    Disability Hate Crime – Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 146) –
    Increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability –
    “Our collective experience ranging from trade union officials to Welfare Rights advisors”

    Perverting The Course of Justice –

    Assisting an Offender – section 4(1) Criminal Law Act 1967 –

    Concealing an Arrestable Offence: s.5 Criminal Law Act 1967 –

    Serious Crime Act 2007 – Encouraging or Assisting Crime –

    Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 –


    So where are those DWP Loving Union Fakers bent Police???

    Merseyside Police –

    Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner –
    “The current incumbent is Jane Kennedy, who represents the Labour Party.”

    What those Murdering Abusing Hate Criminal Nonce Filth masturbate over –


    So those Union AND NHS criminals didn’t report any DWP Abuse and Hate Crime to their bent Police mates?…
    ..or their SOCIAL SERVICES nonce mates? –

    So when are the local council criminal nonce vermin going to start DOING THEIR JOBS?

    Here are some blind-eye turning ‘Wilfully Neglectful’ criminal filth –

    are those abusing nonce rats in Prison yet?

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –

    along with the criminal nonce running the Liverpool gang of blind-eye turning ‘Wilfully Neglectful’ criminal filth –

    Mayor of Liverpool (spot the nonce) Joe Anderson, OBE –

    Joe Anderson, OBE – Member of WCA (Atos/Capita/Maximus) criminal QUACKS Union UNISON –

    About time these criminal nonces were put on their ‘DWP Diet’ –

    WCA (Atos/Capita/Maximus) criminal QUACKS Union UNISON –
    HAS AN OFFICE *IN* Merseyside Police Headquarters –

    When is this Murdering hate criminal nonce rat, and it’s gangs, going to prison?

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