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SUICIDE LINKED TO WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS NEW STUDY SHOWS

ALMOST 600 SUICIDES LINKED WITH TORY GOVERNMENT BENEFIT REASSESSMENTS

New research shows a possible direct link between the Tory Government’s vicious Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and a rise in suicides, mental health problems and anti depressant prescribing.

Nationally, 590 suicides were linked to WCA, while in Salford, between 2011 and 2013, 8,030 Incapacity Benefit claimants went through the WCA and 1,740 were found to be fit for work. During this time there were 63 suicides in Salford…

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Universal Credit system down and yet again claimants are not being allowed Hardship forms.

Charlotte Hughes has been campaigning against the austerity driven agenda of the Department of Work and Pensions for over a year now. Every Thursday Charlotte and her colleagues attend a stall outside the Jobcentre in Ashton-under-Lyne to offer advice, support and solidarity to social security claimants visiting the centre. These claimants are increasingly under pressure from cuts to social security and a harsh sanctioning regime that can be devastating to those it is imposed on, in an apparently arbitary manner. This is a post from Charlotte’s blog The Poor Side of Life, recounting a day outside the Jobcentre.