He was left pennniless and unable to pay the rent or top up his electricity meter.
'A Universal Credit claimant took his own life after being wrongly declared ‘fit for work’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for a fourth time, his distraught family have said.
Brian Sycamore left a sarcastic suicide note “thanking” the DWP after he was left pennniless and unable to pay the rent or top up his electricity meter.
The 62-year-old had worked his entire life as a mechanic and handyman, before a tragic accident at work left him with a broken back and forced to claim benefits
Shockingly, it is has been reported that Mr Sycamore continued working for months before finally realising the severity of his injuries.
His brother and sister, Henry Sycamore and Angela Simms, told the Derbyshire Telegraph that their brother had been declared “fit for work” just months before he was found dead from a massive overdose of prescription medication.
Sister Angela said it was the third or fourth time Brian had his benefits stopped and told to look for work by cruel benefit bosses at the DWP.
On previous occassions he had provided additional evidence to the DWP to prove his was unable to continue working, and his benefit payments were reinstated on each of those occassions.
However, his family believe that being repeatedly found “fit for work” finally tipped Brian over the edge, resulting in his suicide in September 2017.'
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