Guest blog post by Gill Thompson, sister of the late David Clapson. (David Clapson died after being found 'fit for work' and then sanctioned for inability to stick to a 'Claimant Commitment' that was not fit for humanity.)
David Clapson when he was a serving soldier
Update on David Clapson: sanctioned to death?
many of you know, I have been campaigning for a long time to try and
achieve an investigation into the link between the benefit sanction
imposed on my brother and his death. I believe that having had his
benefits stopped due to a sanction, he was unable to afford to buy food
and electricity to refrigerate his insulin, which in turn left him
unable to manage his diabetes.
despite the best efforts of my lawyers, the Coroner has refused to open
an investigation as he considers there is no evidence that the benefit
sanction played any role in my brother’s death. I am now preparing to
ask the High Court to consider my brother’s case and am raising money to
cover legal fees, including court fees and experts fees.
share the link on social media and email it to 3 people who you think
would be interested to help me spread the word. Please also make a
pledge of £35 or whatever you can afford to the new case. Either of
these things will really help me to take this case to the High Court.
am very grateful for your support of my campaign so far. This is not
just about my brother. I want a Coroner to look at the DWP guidance on
people living with Diabetes and how the sanction regime is applied to
people with long term health conditions.
The UN has raised
concerns about the extent to which the UK government has made use of
sanctions in relation to benefits and the absence of due process and
access to justice for those affected by the use of sanctions. I hope you
can continue to support me in my fight to ensure David’s death is
properly investigated and action taken to prevent future deaths of