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PIP suicide woman’s sister blames ‘barbaric’ system for her death 30 May 2017 08:29 #2870

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BY JOHN PRING ON MAY 2017 BENEFITS AND POVERTY

The sister of a disabled woman who she believes was driven to kill herself by the anxiety caused by re-applying for the government’s new disability benefit has called for reform of the “barbaric” system.

Diane Hullah, from east Kent, took her own life on 21 April, and her sister is convinced that she was overwhelmed by the pressure of being forced to reapply for personal independence payment (PIP).

Helen Young believes the PIP system is a “national scandal” and told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was the anxiety caused by the PIP process and the 50-page application form she was confronted with – three years after applying for it successfully for the first time – that sent her sister “downhill”.

She said the pressure led her sister to start self-harming again, and twice try unsuccessfully to kill herself before she eventually took her own life. And she said it had left her confined to her bed for days at a time, and too ill to look after herself.

She said Diane had told her that the Department for Work and Pensions was “going to try and catch me out”, and was convinced her claim would be rejected and she would be left without the support she needed.

Helen said: “Somebody like my sister was incapable of doing it, given her mental health.

“I feel very angry about it, I think it is completely barbaric, a national scandal.

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And yet the tabloids never have stories like this as headline news because if they did, the Tories would be under attack. They wave off stories like this with muster and yet, there is clear evidence from various bodies that these individuals have been placed under so much stress that they could not cope and were left to deal with the mental consequences. Many on their own not knowing where to get help or assistance to appeal. This really bothers me a lot because I have chronic pain that doesn`t just affect my neck/head, I have another condition that causes me weakness, depression and generally my confidence is at rock bottom, yet I do (somehow) find the energy to fight back. But only because I have a will to win. If I didn`t have that, I would probably just do nothing and await my fate, as many poor souls do. These assessments MUST STOP and if they don`t and the Tories win another five years in power, then we, the targeted, need to do something.
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