This video was posted by Stilloaks in the comments to Johnny Void’s piece on the death of the Bristol woman, Jacqueline Harris. Mrs Harris had a serious back condition and lack of mobility in her wrist. she also had only partial sight. Despite this, ATOS decided after a two minute interview that she was fit for work. Her benefits were duly stopped. In despair, this lady took her own life. The question that determined her fate was ‘Did you come here by bus?’
She isn’t the only tragic victim of a cruel and malignant system. Many others have been driven to do the same, though odiously IDS will not release the true figures. This video shows some of the others, who’ve also committed suicide due to benefits cuts. These include not just those, who have suffered from ATOS, but also victims of the bedroom tax, and the poverty inflicted through the current levels of benefit payments. Most horrifically, one of them was a young woman, who killed both herself and the baby in her arms.
Several of these victims are definitely what is known in law as ‘vulnerable adults’. Apart from the physically disabled, they also include several with mental health problems, such as depression and schizophrenia. A couple were walking 12 miles a day to collect free vegetables due to cuts to their benefit. Another woman could not afford to heat her home, and lived on tinned custard.
To paraphrase the Doctor to the Daleks in the episode, ‘Asylum of the Daleks’: And I thought IDS had run out of ways to make me sick’.
Beastrabban\’s Weblog 26/11/2013
“LEST WE FORGET” As we stand in Prayers for those loved and lost in Austerity, for the families broken, and generations fallen to Austerity. The 10,000 Cuts & Counting for a Rose & Prayer of Love for 10,600 2010-2011. The 22,000 plus since …the government took power. Thousands upon thousands forced into extreme poverty and still suffering with the cruel Welfare Cuts. No Food, No Money, No Heat, then the Bedroom Tax, the Benefits cuts on the sick, disabled, terminally ill, the unemployed and vulnerable, their care cut & housing benefit caps which has forced thousands upon thousands to despair, depression, no worth, driven to suicide because they can not cope. How many more have got to die at the hands of this depraved and cruel government. THIS HAS TO STOP NOW…
This is Psalm 23. It is one, if not the most famous psalm in the entire
This is for everyone who has lost a mother, a father, a son,