I have repeatedly raised the issue of inappropriate sanctioning of people in receipt of social security with Ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions. Recently I have written about the Minister for Employment, Esther McVey, reneging on her agreement to hold an independent inquiry. Then, yesterday I posted the story about the tragic death of ex-soldier David Clapson, 59, on my Facebook page.
David was unable to afford food or electricity having been left penniless by the DWP after he was stripped of the his Job Seeker’s Allowance for missing an appointment with his advisor.
Today the Daily Mirror has published the tragic story about Gill Thompson’s fight to call on David Cameron to hold an inquiry into benefit sanctions.
Gill Thompson is David Clapson’s sister. She tells how, because of benefit sanctions, David Clapson’s electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working so he died from diabetic ketoacidosis.
Add you voice to Gill Thompson’s call for action by signing her online petition.