Some have asked if this would have happened if David Clapson had not been a former soldier.
I, however, see this as a very small piece of progress. I’m always grateful for progress, whatever the reasons for it.
The case of a diabetic former soldier from Stevenage, who died after his benefits were sanctioned, has led to calls for a national review.
Last week, the Advertiser told the story of David Clapson, who could not afford electricity to keep his insulin cool after his jobseeker’s allowance of approximately £70 a week was suspended on June 28 last year.
Just three weeks later – on July 20 – he died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls “a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin.”
Talking to the Advertiser, leader of Stevenage Council Cllr Sharon Taylor said the case…
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