A shocked employment and support allowance (ESA) claimant collapsed after receiving a letter telling him his benefits were to be sanctioned and died within an hour, Disability News Service has reported.
Previously homeless Alan McArdle had just come out of hospital after a fall and, as a result, was unable to keep an appointment with his welfare to work provider Maximus.
Even though the manager of charity Slough Homeless Our Concern contacted Maximus to explain why he was unable to attend, the process of sanctioning Alan McArdle’s benefits was put into action.
When Alan received the letter warning him that his ESA was under threat of sanction a friend who was with him claims “he went a deathly grey colour and complained about pains, and then he collapsed. Within an hour, he was dead.”