By Samuel Miller
The DWP's six-point plan for dealing with suicidal claimants who have
been denied welfare payments is proof that the DWP ministers know that
their draconian welfare reforms are killing people. The Tories are at
war with the poor and the low waged. Not only are benefit cuts driving
people to think of killing themselves, but low wages and welfare
sanctions are making people ill, shortening people's lives.
Benefit claimants are being pushed to the brink of suicide—and
beyond—and they need more assistance than merely contacting the
Samaritans. They urgently need to have their benefits reinstated, and
that requires a reversal of the Legal Aid cuts to ensure that their
legal and human rights are respected.
As you know, an avalanche of welfare reforms implemented by the
Government has resulted in Legal Aid being scrapped for the majority of
UK welfare benefits cases. Benefit claimants need a fully funded Legal
Aid system in order to properly appeal their cases to Tribunals because
their very lives are now at stake.