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Help get justice for a claimant killed by sanctions

The sister of an ex-forces claimant who died after his benefits were sanctioned is asking for your help to get justice for him.

David Clapson died in 2013. An inquest found that he died with no food in his stomach and no money to pay for electricity to power his fridge and keep his insulin cool.

David’s JSA had been sanctioned for a month because he missed two meetings. He was a vulnerable man and unwell, but too private and proud to ask for help when his benefits were stopped.

His sister, Gill Thompson, has fought tirelessly to publicise his case and that of other claimants who have suffered and died because of benefits sanctions.

She has already managed to get over 200,000 signatures on a change.org petition which led to an parliamentary select committee inquiry into sanctions. However, the government refused to follow some of the most important recommendations in the report, including investigating the deaths of sanctioned claimants and monitoring what happens to claimants whose benefits are sanctioned.

Gill is now asking people to do two things:

Sign a petition asking David Cameron to implement the select committee findings

Make a donation, if you can afford it, to a fighting fund to try to get an investigation/inquest held into David’s death. The fund has reached almost £9,000 after just one week, with a target of £10,000 to pay legal expenses.

A day of action against sanctions is also being held on Wednesday 9 March, led by Unite the Union and supported by Gill Thompson, DPAC and many others. There will be protests outside Caxton House in London and at many local jobcentres. Find your nearest protest here.

There will also be an online protest between 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

Comments  

#5 kenneth 2016-03-15 16:02
All the disabled need to get together and bombard this goverment.
I just hope cameron and family can sleep at night.All these people making
the decisions to knock off the benefits for the disabled have millions
so will never go through this kind of stress because they have no money worries.
+1 #4 angela 2016-03-10 15:45
This goverment will not take notice of anything that goes against what it is doing good to the disabled, luck to the Thompson family
+1 #3 perfumeflower 2016-03-09 16:50
Hi,I have just signed this petition-good luck.Just hoping Dave will sit up and listen and get his finger out...I just don't want to have to hear about another sad case about another vulnerable person dying due to these so called god awful sanctions. The government must do it NOW.
+1 #2 julie 2016-03-09 13:57
I'm worried sick I'm waitin for the envelope . My daughter got a letter to go to pip medical they asked her to take s taxi which wud cost £100 n be Ther for 9am how is that possible she as kids to get to Skool she doesn't drive has bad anxiety . My son has 2 degrees n it's taken 8 mths to get a job these cuts are viscous uv got blood on ur hands me Cameron
+1 #1 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment 2016-03-09 02:03
Typical Goverment response... (the government refused)

Good luck... Gill Thompson...

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