By Peter Urbacz
My mother, Ruby Urbacz aged 59, was found dead at her home on September 6 as a result of a heart attack.
She had been admitted to hospital a August 1 with chest pains. In hospital they found she had had three minor heart attacks.
Even though my mother had poor mobility , type 2 diabetes, very basic numeracy and literacy skills and mental health problems including depression, she had been deemed "fit for work" by the DWP.
She was put on JSA and hounded to show evidence of looking for a job.
She struggled to write a shopping list and thus constantly worried about money and if her benefits would be stopped.
Her benefits were stopped without any investigation as she missed her jsa appointment whilst in hospital.
After her discharge she had received no money for five consecutive weeks. Of the £50 per week she would have normally received she was also paying £20 per week in bedroom tax. On only £30 per week she could not afford to feed herself properly as bills were her main priority, so was living off food bought from Poundland which obviously worsened her diabetes.
She was getting carer visits from the Red Cross.
After her discharge from hospital, on the 4th September the carers’ notes say "Ruby is worried about money, still waiting for benefits to be sorted."
She died less than 48 hours later.
I'm writing this not because I want sympathy, but to make you aware that Ian Duncan Smith's policies are directly contributing to the deaths of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Please do not comment with sympathetic messages as this will not change anything. Instead share this post and make as many people aware of the contemptuous nature of our self serving government who punish the poor and give to the rich.