MP Asks Human Rights Commission to Investigate Benefit Deaths

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A Labour MP has written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asking them to investigate the circumstances around the high number of deaths following benefit claimants being found Fit for Work or having their benefits reduced or cut. Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams has written to the EHRC following the news that over 10,000 Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claimants died within 6-months of being rejected for the disability benefit.

I previously broke the news that over 7,000 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants died within 6-months of having their claim rejected.

Sensationally, weeks later the new Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson revealed that the number was in-fact over 15,000. This was broken down as 10,000 non terminal claimants and 5,000 terminal claimants who died within 6-months of having their PIP claim rejected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Debbie Abrahams has taken the step of asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate the deaths.

Abrahams states she is taking this step after the DWP having shown little interest in doing it themselves or if they do, not letting people know the outcome.

The MP who is a prolific in challenging the DWP on the numerous scandals they oversee, is also asking that the EHRC look into any deaths following Universal Credit claimants being found Fit for Work (FFW).

At a debate last month Abrahams read out some of the names of those who died after being found Fit for Work by the DWP. Below is a video I made about those who died.

I ask everyone watch it to understand the true extent of how bad the welfare system is.

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Abrahams has promised to keep us all updated on any response she may receive from the human rights body. With her making her submission public it will be difficult for them to ignore her request.

Whether they will launch a full scale investigation remains to be seen. However, should they fail to do so questions will be raised about the body’s ability to stand up for disabled people.

With so many injustices against disabled people it would be a disgrace for another issue to be overlooked.