Mark Wood

So sad, yet another victim.

A “sweet and gentle” 44-year-old man with mental health conditions appears to have starved to death after his benefits were cut.


Mark Wood, of Bampton, Oxfordshire, was deemed to be fit for work, which led to his sickness and housing benefits being cut about four months before his death in August last year. This had left him with £40 a week to live on.


Lee Robinson

I missed this at the time, however, like all other victims of this vile regime, Mr Robinson deserves to be remembered:

“Undoubtedly the DWP personified by Ian Duncan Smith and Lord Freud had a part to play in implementing the policies that would make Hitler proud.”


Mr Robison, of Furzefield, Crawley, had battled depression after failing to find work.


Charles Barden

RIP Mr Barden:

Charles Barden, of South Park Road, Maidstone, was found dead at his three-bedroom house on the same date his wife Sadie passed away 19 years earlier.


At an inquest into the 74-year-old’s death, DS Sophie Keeling said Mr Barden had told friends he was concerned about his finances and that he would be affected by the change to housing benefits.


Stacey Ingall – Evicted

A victim of the bedroom tax – Stacey Ingall:

Ms Ingall said: “I’ve had a terrible year. I moved into my home in January and by February my daughter had been taken from me into care.

“I’ve had no money and no support. It comes down to the fact that I’ve been in care my whole life.

“I’ve had 70 homes and now they’ve taken this one away.”

She said she had contemplated suicide and suffered postnatal depression. “I just can’t cope with day-to-day life,” she said.

Suddenly, because she had a spare bedroom, Ms Ingall had her housing benefit cut as a result of the so-called bedroom tax, introduced in April.

She said she could not afford the extra £285 a month.

“I can’t get a job because I’ve got learning difficulties,” she said. “I’ve had lots of issues all through my life.”


Unnamed Runcorn man self harms in advice centre

Very sad.  Thankfully however he survived, no thanks to the DWP, and the bedroom tax:

An eyewitness, who asked not be identified, heard the middle-aged man say he was ‘sick of all this sh*t’ then watched him drag a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.

The wounds left him and the floor spattered with blood, the witness said.

Staff hit an emergency alarm during the incident.


Paul Reekie

“I thought I would let you know that Paul took his own life. He didn’t leave a note but he laid out two letters on his table. One was notifying him that his housing benefit had been stopped. The other was notifying him that his incapacity benefit had been stopped.

“The reason I’m writing this letter is just so you know the human cost of attacking those on benefits.”

Stephanie Bottrill

Unable to work because of ­a crippling illness, ­Stephanie Bottrill was already struggling to survive before the hated Bedroom Tax came in.

But Iain Duncan Smith’s punishing new payments were the last straw for the tragic 53-year-old who killed herself to avoid plunging into further poverty after being hit with an £80 a month bill for the two spare bedrooms in her council house.