A 47-YEAR-OLD man overdosed on a cocktail of drugs after he had his benefits stopped because he was not given a proper medical assessment by the Department for Work and Pensions, an inquest heard.
Edward Jacques was found dead in his house in Loughborough Avenue, Sneinton, on September 25 last year. He had a history of self harm and depression, which stemmed from physical and emotional abuse as a child, the inquest was told.
Mr Jacques’ family told the Post they considered the decision to stop his benefits was a “major trigger” in a spiral which led him to overdose on heroin, cocaine and alcohol.
Another judged as “fit to work” by the cruel heartless Atos and DWP in our so called “civilised society:
Mr Coupe, a former butcher and farmer, was assessed as fit to work last year – despite enduring unbearable pain from ulcerated legs which left him virtually housebound. He also suffered with diabetes and a heart condition.
His £50-a-week incapacity benefit was subsequently axed – forcing the cash-strapped Coupes to go without heating and food.
They appealed against the judgment but were told a ruling would take almost a year because of a backlog of cases.
But Mr Coupe didn’t have a year. He was later diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which took his sight and his hearing – and two weeks ago his life.
Five weeks before he died, Mrs Coupe contacted Atos to tell them her husband, 57, didn’t have long to live – but still the appeal was not brought forward.
Mrs Coupe said: “I’m so bitter and angry about it all.
“David didn’t need this on top of everything else he was going through.”
Mrs Coupe described her husband as a “much-loved man who would do anything for anyone”.
Figures show more than 150,000 people have raised concerns about assessments carried out by French firm Atos.
Colin Hampton, co-ordinator at the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre, said: “There should be a complete overhaul of the system.”
….and left without money, then prosecuted when he, a mentally ill man, reacts in the manner that he did, shockingly the system thinks nothing of leaving a vulnerable man like that without any means of survival then sentences him when he lashes out!
His solicitor, Gerry Scott, said: “The court is clearly going to be concerned when public servants and people going about their jobs feel threatened or intimidated in any way.”
He added that Green was suffering from mental health problems at the time of the outburst and passed magistrates a letter from his psychiatrist.
“His mental health condition was exacerbated by medication he was taking for an unrelated condition at the time of the offence,” he said.
“Although the threats were particularly nasty, they were made when he was surrounded by security guards.
“There were several people and he could have been restrained and removed from the JobCentre if he made any sign of acting on the threats.”