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David could have been saved #BenefitSanctions

Gill Thompson
Stevenage, United Kingdom

Sep 15, 2014 — There used to be a time if a vulnerable adult missed a job centre meeting there would be concern and outreach by job centre staff. Now they cut off your benefits and people suffer - my brother died.

When starting this petition I was asked "what I wished from doing this".
My response, was for no more suffering, for no-one else to die and for lessons not just learnt but acted on.

I received a letter from the DWP, saying "sorry for your loss" and confirming they knew of David’s diabetic condition, but had followed procedures and that "no errors were made" – David had no food and with his electricity cut off making him unable to chill his insulin. He died of diabetic ­ketoacidosis.

There is an old saying "You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink" - but you don’t take away the water. David was vulnerable, the sanctioning took away his lifeline.

Please help me to spread David's story. The more we talk about him, the harder it will be to ignore this injustice and we can help eliminate further suffering. Please share this recent article about what happened to David:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/200000-people-have-signed-a-petition-for-an-inquiry-into-the#2r4gtzj

Tweet it and share it on Facebook. Forward this email to your friends.

Let's make David's story difficult for the government to brush under the carpet.

Thank you ever so much for your continued support, you will help make a difference

Gill


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