Stop Benefit Deaths
We are campaigning to get answers about the Department for Work and Pension's role in the deaths and serious harm of people supported by benefits.
Open letter to Secretary of State, Mel Stride
Read the letter to the Secretary of State Mel Stride from four families who lost loved ones in cases where the DWP was implicated in their death. They demand a public inquiry into deaths and serious harm linked to the benefits system.Read more Read more
Cross-party MP letter to Stop Benefit Deaths
Four opposition parties wrote to Chloe Smith, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, calling for a public inquiry into suicides and serious harm linked to the benefits system. The letter is signed by MPs representing the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.Read now Read now
New report - We're just numbers to them
Based on evidence from over 100 people seriously harmed by the benefits system, we have found that the government’s approach to investigating death and serious harm is highly secretive and not fit for purpose.Read the report Read the report
Read our joint statement
Read our joint statement alongside seven organisations calling for greater transparency in the way that the Department for Work and Pensions investigates cases of death or serious harm caused by errors or departmental failings.Read more Read more
About the campaign
We are campaigning to get answers about the DWP's role in the deaths and serious harm of people supported by benefits.Read more Read more
Clive was falsely accused of benefit fraud by the DWP and had his benefits cut. His sister, Trudi believes that the DWP’s conduct was the main factor in the deterioration of her brother’s mental health and suicide.Read more Read more
Read our report
Read our report Tip of the Iceberg? about deaths and serious harm of people supported by the benefits system and how key areas of the benefits process cause severe distress for people.Read our report Read our report
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