“Mum passed away a few weeks after having her benefits taken away”

Mum passed away a few weeks after having her benefits taken away by a Capita “nurse”. I spent months trying to file official complaints to Capita and the DWP. They just passed the buck between each other.

In our case it was not suicide. She was bedridden when the capita assessor came to visit and in constant crippling pain. He cut short all her answers, refused to conduct a physical examination and ignored decades of doctors and hospital reports. We did eventually get her back on basic PIP but all that stress took its toll and she died from pneumonia in the winter of 2016. I was her full time carer for ten years and I am only now managing to piece my life back together.

I let all this slide for a year or so but recently another DWP contractor called Serco has been sniffing around since I’ve been claiming JSA for a few months trying to get back into work. They are handling the SMI loan debacle and have even gone as far as faking an application in my name. So one way or the other fat cat government contractors seem to be out to kill everyone and steal whatever is left from their families.

It’s hard not to feel disenfranchised and abused by the whole system. I have voted in every election and referendum since 1997 and have never failed to be disappointed with the eventual outcomes.

All I can do really is add my voice and provide real life examples from personal experience of how the British Government and those really pulling the strings treats its people.

Everyone around here in Pembrokeshire seems so wrapped up in Brexit, silly Corbyn bashing/defending or the local election and snap general election back in 2017 to actually help me at the time this kicked off for me. At least some MPs are now asking questions in parliament and pressure groups in England are raising a fuss.

I’m not blaming anyone. After all, one lone voice does not a chorus make.

The only person who showed any real interest was Myles Bamford Lewis a local campaigner for our hospital that’s facing closure and for that I thank him for. Hard not to feel powerless when your MP is Crabb and Bob Kilmister the Lib Dem county councillor literally shrugged it off and looked sheepish standing on my doorstep hoping for my vote.

To be fair I have joined a few of the rallies and general protests held in Pembrokeshire over the last couple of years… but I have still felt utterly alone and unheard and quite frankly too depressed and worried about how I am going to move on and survive, not to mention the way the world is moving at the moment to feel strong enough to fight all by myself.

All I have ever wanted is to help stop this from happening to anyone else. I was stonewalled along with thousands of other families who lost loved ones and to add insult to injury the DWP vultures are still circling.

Toby

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