Another day, another death…

Reposted from Daily Mail on line

I hope nobody thinks that I am trivialising the issue with my headline, I was using it to point out how many people die at the hands of the DWP, Atos/Maximus, Iain Duncan Smith and this shower of sh*t government that we currently have.

And no – one, but no – one is taking responsibility for these wholly avoidable deaths.

  • Aaron Lane had psychosis and claimed Employment & Support Allowance
  • But he feared he would lose all of his benefits when he was ruled fit to work
  • He killed himself ‘because things were getting on top of him’, parents claim
  • Family of musician Mr Lane, 31, say he was ‘let down across the system’   
Aaron Lane took his own life after he was taken off his disability benefits and ruled fit to work, his grieving parents claim

Aaron Lane took his own life after he was taken off his disability benefits and ruled fit to work, his grieving parents claim

A mentally ill musician killed himself after he was taken off his disability benefits and ruled fit to work, his grieving parents claim.

Aaron Lane was being treated for psychosis when he was told he was fit enough to work by the Department for Work and Pensions.

His family say Mr Lane, 31, feared he would lose all his benefits after he was moved from claiming Employment and Support Allowance to Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Weeks later he was found dead at his home in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Mr Lane’s parents Steve and Carol Lane said their son went downhill after he was found fit for work.

‘He used to say every single day that no one would employ him,’ Mrs Lane said.

‘He was in his own world yet there was a whole world out there waiting for him. He never gave us any indication of what he was about to do.

‘We will remember Aaron as a happy child. We never had any trouble with him growing up. He never asked for anything. He took what life gave him.’

The talented musician’s father said: ‘We believe he took his own life because things were getting on top of him.

‘That little bit of extra money allowed him to have the internet at home which brought the world to him. His world was getting smaller and smaller. He was worried that all of his money would be stopped.

‘We don’t blame anyone but Aaron was let down across the system. He was too often a box to tick.

‘If the Government wants to get people off invalidity benefit, and there are a lot who milk it, people with mental health issues need a sponsored placement where their progress can be monitored before their benefits are stopped.’

Mr Lane was found dead in his flat on June 21 after police forced entry into the property.

The former Newark High pupil knew there was something wrong with him as a teenager. He sought medical help and was later diagnosed with psychosis.

His father said: ‘It’s hard looking back to pinpoint how and when the psychosis started. He started to become withdrawn.’

The troubled young man’s musical ability earned him a place at the London Royal Academy of Music when he was 24.

Tragic: His family say Mr Lane, 31, feared he would lose all his benefits after he was moved from claiming Employment Support Allowance to Jobseeker's Allowance

Tragic: His family say Mr Lane, 31, feared he would lose all his benefits after he was moved from claiming Employment Support Allowance to Jobseeker’s Allowance

However, he became homeless and ended up moving back home a year later, continuing to have what his parents described as deep psychotic episodes. Unable to cope, they had him sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

After his condition improved, Mr Lane got his own flat. He was on regular medication and found a temporary job over Christmas 2014.

‘We don’t blame anyone but Aaron was let down across the system. He was too often a box to tick
Steve Lane, Aaron Lane’s father

His father said: ‘But then we began to notice he had started talking to himself again.

‘He was given drugs to control it and to a degree he returned to normality. All he ever wanted was to be normal.

‘There is a stigma attached to mental health issues that is as bad today as it has ever been.

‘People are scared of what they can’t see. If Aaron’s story does anything, hopefully it will be to change just one perception.’

The Department for Work and Pensions said it had followed all the correct procedures in Mr Lane’s case.

A spokesman said: ‘Our sympathies are with Mr Lane’s family. We provide tailored support to jobseekers and if we become aware of health changes that mean they can’t work we can offer support. Mr Lane was still in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance at the time of his death.’

Talented: The troubled young man's musical ability earned him a place at the London Royal Academy of Music when he was 24 but became homeless

Talented: The troubled young man’s musical ability earned him a place at the London Royal Academy of Music when he was 24 but became homeless

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for mental health care in the area, said: ‘Due to patient confidentially we are not able to comment on the circumstances of a specific patient death, or the care and treatment a patient was receiving from the trust’s services.

‘However, we are able to confirm that where there is a patient death, our thoughts are first and foremost with the family of the deceased.

‘We will always seek to communicate directly with a bereaved family to ensure they are aware of support available, informed about the related investigation processes, and able to voice any related questions or concerns.

‘We do investigate all such incidents to determine if there are lessons that can be learnt to support the continuous improvement of services in the future.’

An inquest into Mr Lane’s death will be held in December.

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