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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pushed Over The edge By Benefits Fear


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Hello samuel i do hope your well.....i was at my uncles funeral yesturday he hung him self last monday...he was disabled and was told he was fit for work. This is what upsets me the most because am not well and going through this my self i cant help my own friends an family .i got a letter saying iv got to got to court with my appeal i havnt waited long enought. I really hate these ppl for what they are doing

10:22 PM (15 minutes ago)

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hi samuel...... i hope your well and had a good xmas,new year,an now easter,,,,sorry i havent bin in touch,,,,with having two court cases to prepare for an not being able to pay bill ect,i have been so depressed pluss with my uncle killing him self the day before my birthday..........i just though you would like an update on peter 

Pushed over the edge by benefits fear

A WOMAN whose disabled partner was found hanged is warning of the “devastating’’ effects of impending changes to disability benefits.
Christine Graham is speaking out after attending the inquest of 49-year-old Peter Hodgson, which returned a verdict of suicide last Friday.
Mr Hodgson was found dead at his Cleator Moor home just a day after he received a text message telling him to attend the Jobcentre. He had previously sent Christine, his partner of 13 years, a text saying: “I give up.’’
Now, only days before the Disability Living Allowance is replaced by a new scheme, Christine continues to be concerned about those who face upheaval due to the changes.
“Peter was vulnerable,’’ she said. “The text scared him so much. He had been depressed for years but he could keep that under control. It was the text which pushed him over.
“I want people to realise the effect of these changes on people’s lives. These changes are terrifying to vulnerable people and their concerns need to be listened to.
“It can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. As someone said after Peter died, he won’t be the first person to die because of this, and he won’t be the last.’’
Mr Hodgson had been unable to work after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and a stroke and had his leg fused following a football injury. He had previously worked as a lifeguard and at Brannan’s Thermometers.
Christine said: “You only had to look at Peter to realise he couldn’t work.’’
Mr Hodgson also wore a calliper and couldn’t grip with his hand. He had been worried that if he didn’t take some sort of work, his benefits would be stopped.
Last July, Mr Hodgson had been called into Whitehaven Jobcentre to see whether he would be suitable for volunteer work. He subsequently received a text on the afternoon of November 26. The message didn’t state a date but a subsequent letter was sent days after Mr Hodgson’s death with an appointment for December 17.
It was this text, Christine said, which had pushed her partner over the edge.
Four months after his death, Christine is trying to move on with her life. “I’m managing and I know nothing will bring Peter back. But I still believe if he hadn’t received the text he would still be here now. He had been perfectly fine until then.’’
After The Whitehaven News ran Peter’s story in December, there was an overwhelming response from readers.
From April 8, Disability Living Allowance, or DLA – the benefit which helps many pay for care and mobility costs – is being scrapped and more than two million disabled people will lose the support they rely on. The replacement – Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – is designed to cut £2.24billion annually from the welfare budget by 2015-16. The number eligible for the new award will be smaller and the assessment criteria are narrower.
According to the Government, the changes will see around 500,000 people lose their benefit.
Speaking this week about the new disability reforms, the Paralympian and campaigner Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: “People are either shown as amazing Paralympians who are competing for their country, who are incredible individuals, or benefit scroungers. What I don’t want to see is disabled people ghettoised and locked away like it was when I was young. The danger is if we just keep knocking disabled people back then we’ll turn the clock back 30 years.”


  1. The draconia and ignorance is more visible to people day by day. This is not an isolated death. In my opinion there are far more, that are deemed perhaps "collateral damage" I cry often at these stories. And i'm a chronic illness sufferer myself.

  2. I was seen by a doctor who examined me and his words were Jesus how the hell do you live with this.

    I got a letter six weeks later saying you have lost and must go to the job center on this day and date, if you do not your benefits would stop. I requested all information they held on me and the medical the doctor had done.

    I got a massive amount of paper plus Photo's where they had investigated me before , but no action was taken because I had done nothing wrong.

    The medical stated this patient is severely disabled and in my opinion will not work again, he gave me 40 points.

    The labour party lost the election and I was then told my case would go to a review, it was reviewed and I was told it was over turned and I was classed as to disabled to work.

    These medical are all about whether or not you can get a decent person to see you but even then they over turned the decisions

    I'm paraplegic no bowel or bladder function and chronic pain due to a smashed spine and damaged spinal cord. The pain is so bad they have given me a Morphine pump placed under the skin so I cannot get to it which delivers pain killers into my spine