Mentally distressed man declared ‘fit for work’ by DWP found dead on beach days later
From Evolve Politics: A man declared ‘fit for work’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), despite suffering with extreme anxiety, stress and panic attacks for nine years, has been found dead on a beach after his sickness benefits were removed.
Following the removal of his benefits, 54-year-old David Metcalf was visited by police and a mental health practitioner after concerns for his wellbeing were raised. Just four days later he was found dead on a Durham beach.
Between 2011 and 2014, DWP statistics revealed that 2,380 people died shortly after being declared for work. There is clearly an ongoing problem with the way DWP are assessing benefits claimants. There are even claims coming to light of assessors ‘lying’ in the reports that lead to people losing benefits.
Mr Metcalf’s tragic story is both heart breaking and eye opening. Faced with robotic assessments and often shunned by society, vulnerable people are being pushed into isolation and not receiving the help they so desperately need and deserve.
If you or someone you know are facing a PIP assessment, be prepared. The CAB offer invaluable advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/help-with-your-claim/your-assessment/