It’s Time To Take Our Cities Back From Property Developing Parasites Like Westbrook’s Mark Donnor

new-eraMark Donner probably barely batted an eyelid as he casually threatened 93 families on the New Era Estate in Hackney with eviction in the run up to Christmas.

It’s unlikely that Donner, who it was revealed this week lives in a £4 million pound mansion, has ever had to worry about paying the rent.  He has led a life dripping with privilege from his days at the exclusive private Leys School in Cambridge right up until his current role as Managing Principal of the shadowy property investment firm Westbrook Partners.  At the weekend Donnor spends his life racing classic sports cars, a world away from his tenants who are currently facing the stark terror of upcoming homelessness.

When Donnor’s company bought the New Era Estate they immediately hiked rents on the properties which had remained affordable housing for decades.  Then they announced they planned to almost quadruple rents in some cases, a move which they knew all too well would make almost all of the current tenants homeless.  But Mark Donnor didn’t care about.  Despite his vast wealth he wants more money.  Our money.

Because people like Donnor don’t create anything of value.  His company couldn’t even be bothered to maintain many of the properties that they rented out in New York.  Every penny they get comes from us, the people who actually live in the cities they are happily ransacking in the name of greed.  They are nothing more than leeches, sucking the money and the life out of communities to maintain their own gilded existence.  According to The Guardian, one of Westbrook’s first moves after buying the New Era properties was to transfer ownership of the estate offshore.  This means they can dodge the corporation tax they might have had to pay on the vast profits they hope to make.  These parasites do not even want to make a contribution to the society that has allowed them to live such a pampered lifestyle at the expense of everyone else. Ebenezer Scrooge would fucking blush at the antics of these sharks.

The latest news is that Westbrook have said they will not evict the tenants before the end of the year, as if this means they no longer have the morals of sewer rats.  They were presumably just fucking with the New Era families when this possibility was raised little over a week ago.  What a jolly jape it must be to be a property investor in London.

An increasing number of people are saying to Westbrook you will not evict these tenants at all.  Dozens of people have pledged to peacefully but physically resist any eviction attempt by the company and more are signing up every day.   You can join the growing list at:

The New Era tenants are also holding a protest march on Monday 1st December which will gather outside Westbrook’s plush Mayfair offices and march to Downing Street to hand in a petition signed by over 250,000 people.  Meet at Berkeley Square, W1 at 12.30pm to join them, and please help spread the word by sharing the facebook event.

Class War have also announced a protest outside Westbrook Partners on the 13th December at noon.  The re-energised working class action group have recently had a major success and forced the new owners of the notorious ‘poor doors’ building in East London to the negotiating table.  Whilst that battle is not yet over, it shows what can be achieved by getting out on the streets and in their faces.

The people like Donnor trying to steal our cities are nasty pieces of work.  They will not give in without a fight.  But all they care about is money.  They will already be adding up the costs of these protests and any potential resistence to their planned evictions.  Let’s make sure it costs them dearly, not just for the New Era families, but to send a message to every other vulture out there that we are taking our city back and will not give up our homes without the fight of our lives.

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80 responses to “It’s Time To Take Our Cities Back From Property Developing Parasites Like Westbrook’s Mark Donnor

  1. I would not touch a property that has been subject to such publicity and controversy with a ten foot pole. Let’s hope that if the families are evicted these properties remain empty for the next fifty years. They could then rename it the Barren Estate. Good luck New Era tenants.

  2. The tories I have heard want to double the rents on all council houses (its been in the pipeline since before the last election). I think no matter who forms the next government we will see very substantial increases in social housing rents, indeed, I think we will see the wholesale sell-off of social housing into private hands.

    The likes of “Donner” must be salivating at the mouth like a dog!.

  3. The Right to a Place of Residence Needs to be a Basic Human Right
    and Shame on Brainwashed Numbnuts who Say Otherwise so
    Clueless and Out of Touch

  4. Tory Scum Out Social Justice In

    No to Neo Nazism No to Neo Liberalism

    Socialism Not Slavery

  5. @annos
    “The tories I have heard want to double the rents on all council houses (its been in the pipeline since before the last election).”
    ………….was that mentioned in their manifesto before 2010? We must make sure they on the Opposition benches from the 8th May next, for a very long time. 😦


    Half-blind widow killed herself after her incapacity benefit was axed because she was fit enough to catch a bus

    Jacqueline Harris, 53, died at home in Kingswood, Glos in November 2013
    Former nurse had suffered with injuries and disabilities since the 1990s
    But in August 2012 she was deemed as being fit to work by assessors
    At the time, she was awaiting a major spinal procedure to relieve her pain
    Two-minute test asked one question: whether she was able to catch a bus
    She became suicidal as she battled to cope with pain after failed operation
    Government said Atos assessors made wrong decision, her sister claims
    Christine Norman said ruling had ‘defeated’ her and ‘gave her no hope’

    Read more:
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      • ………………..all these top ranking Crime Commissioners, who nobody wanted, sat on their fat arses doing fuck all while the mortality statistics steadily rise.
        Whats wrong?, are you frightened to bite the hand that feeds you?

        The Nazi’s only thrived because nobody had the guts to challenge them, why doesn’t one of you have the balls to stand up?

        “It will make a change from shredding paedophile evidence for those in the masons who hold top jobs in the government, the police and judiciary”.

        • …………..And at the end of every story, some faceless yellow bastard from either Atos or the DWP expressing their sympathies or trying to pass the parcel………….
          The whole system is completely fucked from top to bottom, the welfare payments are a safety net and the DWP nothing more than public servants……………..

  7. Reblogged this on Thinking Out Loud and commented:
    Is Rachman returning to the London housing market because it looks like it might be

  8. If things are made unpleasant for anyone trying to rack rent, they’ll consider it not worth it and give up.

  9. The clean up of the East End of London from joining up Dalston to Stratford with multi million £ apartments in trendy E8. Buying out big Council Estates will be much more difficult !!! So a lot more crime & not far to go !!

  10. 7” Black Uhuru – Rent Man (& dub)

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    FTFY. After all, it doesn’t do to get caught out in a lie (however unintentional) now, does it?



  13. when MAXIMUS takes over they will be declaring corpses fit for work there the worst of the worst of the providers i have had to deal with.

  14. And what’s the government doing about the antics of the property “developers”? Nothing to do with them? Not their problem?

  15. I see the Mayor of the City of New York is supporting tenants in his own City in a battle against Westbrook, and has asked Mayor Boris do likewise in London !

  16. Slavery levels in UK ‘higher than thought’

    “This is very much a hidden crime and the important thing is that we get it out in the open. If we compare where we were 200 years ago, the anti-slavery campaigners there had to make people acknowledge that slavery was wrong.

    “What we have to do today is not make people acknowledge it’s wrong – everybody knows it’s wrong – but we have to find it.

    “It’s a hidden crime, it’s going on in streets, in towns, in villages across Britain and we need to help people find the signs of it so we can find those victims and importantly then find the perpetrators.” – Modern slavery minister Karen Bradley.


    • Maybe we should all make use of the ‘Have your say’ facility on that story to point out that ‘modern slavery’ also includes people on Workfare or facing a six month sentence on CWP. Somewhat ironic that we have one government department, The Home Office promoting and anti-slavery message, and on the other, a different government department, The Department for Work and Pensions actively implementing modern slavery.

      It would be true to say that there are differences between slavery and Workfare/Community Workfare Placements, but the differences are so akin to ‘splitting hairs’ that there is fundamentally no difference at all, and perhaps the analogy for those on Workfare/CWP is that of the workers from various nazi occupied countries being forced to work for the likes of IG Farben, BASF, Volkswagen and many other big German companies during the Third Reich period.

      This is a golden opportunity for us to use the rank hypocrisy of the government against itself. Skilfully written propaganda in the form of leaflets and posters etc could be very useful in this fight. I plan to have a go at producing some, and will let everyone know where to find it once I’ve done it.

  17. Digital Universal Credit Could Cost As Much As £2.8 Billion When Complete – Is It Worth It? – 27th Nov 2014

    Is the digital Universal Credit programme, which began testing in Sutton this week, in trouble?

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) aims to deliver its services digitally, and will begin a twin-track gradual roll-out of the Universal Credit services – which is expected to bring significant savings for the government department.

    But with no contingency plan in case the roll-out fails, Computer Weekly asks: is it doomed from the start?

    A National Audit Office (NAO) update on the rolling out of the programme’s live services concluded that the DWP will have to find £2.8 billion to cover staff costs over the life of the service unless further investment is made now.

    Implementation of the digital service has been beset by problems since the start, says Computer Weekly – including a six-month delay due to difficulties finding digital experts to design the systems.

    The first report by the NAO, in spring 2014, saw the DWP change tack and employ a “twin-track” approach to the digitalisation of its services; existing IT systems would support the roll-out of the new benefits system until the new “end-state” digital system was ready and the programme became live in 2017.

    Prior to this change of approach, DWP had already spent £303 million with large IT suppliers on the live service system. Of that, £40 million was written off in November 2013 after an impairment review.

    Another £41 million was invested in IT up to 31 October this year, making the total spend by DWP on the project £344 million.

    And a further £24 million will be spent on IT, plus another £97 million on maintaining systems to for the nationwide roll-out.

    But the DWP has indicated that to deliver Universal Credit at scale, a new digital service must be developed – costing an extra £105 million, with £8 million having been spent so far.

    The NAO concluded that the DWP will struggle to transfer one million tax credit claimants to Universal Credit by April 2016 without “significant operational risks”. What’s more, it’s too early to say whether the department will achieve value for money from the scheme.

  18. overburdenddonkey outside holyrood in the pissing rain….on thursday scotland received a grievous insult, from the smith commission….a gift wrapped m/t box…NOTHING…watch, learn, and see for yourself their tactics of oppression…we will not be moved…

    • Smith report: Labour and SNP trade ‘watering down’ claims

      Herald Scotland – Saturday 29 November 2014

      Labour and the SNP have accused each other of having tried to water down the historic agreement on new powers for Scotland.

      Labour sources said the SNP backed an eleventh-hour attempt to remove a right to create new benefits from this week’s Smith Commission report.

      That claim was denied by the SNP, which accused Labour of being “at it”.

      The row followed reports plans to give Holyrood greater control over welfare were dropped in the final days of cross-party talks.

      On Thursday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon branded the Commission’s package of measures “disappointing”.

      Labour sources said her party had backed a suggestion, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, to remove one of the most far-reaching sections of the document – the clause giving the Scottish Parliament “powers to create new benefits in areas of devolved responsibility”.

      After sustained argument between the parties, however, that wording remained in the report.

      A spokesman for the SNP has denied it supported moves that would have prevented Scottish ministers gaining the power to create new benefits.

      “The truth is exactly the opposite,” he said. “The SNP called for devolution of the entire welfare system.

      “Watered down proposals came from the Westminster parties, which they then watered down even further.”

      A Labour source called that claim “disingenuous”.

      He said the basis of the Commission’s discussions had been that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

      Earlier the BBC reported it had seen a draft of the recommendations which suggested plans to give Holyrood wider welfare powers were struck out of the report in the last days of talks.

      The draft, from 11am on Tuesday morning, reportedly included giving MSPs the power to vary the Tory-LibDem Government’s planned new benefits system Universal Credit. In the end that proposal did not make it into the final version of the report.

      • overburdenddonkey

        labour will rue the day they betrayed the scottish people… ids/dwp vetoed the inclusion of UC… the VOW has no identifiable author…many people over 55yr listened to brown’s speech before the indyscotref and the offer of keir hardies home rule, everything bar defence and foreign policy and voted for this as devo-max, which was not even on the ballot paper!!…many people now regret voting no…we have a long hard road ahead of us, but scotland will become indy sooner rather than later…

  19. Opinion: Explained – why no one is eligible for universal credit

    24Dash: -Published by Max Salsbury for – Friday 28th November 2014 – 12:03pm

    It’s not surprising with all that’s happened this week on the universal credit news front that tenants and landlords alike are scratching their heads trying to make sense of all the conflicting and confusing messages that abound. Some landlords, especially in the NW of England, are also understandably concerned that they may experience a hike in UC claimants in the New Year.

    So, what caused all the confusion and increased level of concern?

    Earlier in the week, Ian Duncan Smith gave yet another upbeat report on the roll-out, and amongst other things announced that claims from “families” would commence from 24 November in the NW districts, implying this represented the first stage of the full blown roll-out of UC in that area.

    However, both he and his civil servants know that is far from the truth. Many suspect the timing of this announcement was to deflect attention from the criticism levelled in the NAO’s report.

    Full Article at:

    • How could that possibly have happened, you might ask.

      The answer is to be found in the long list of critical ‘eligibility criteria’ that the DWP purposely laid down in advance which effectively prevented almost every ‘newly unemployed’ single person from claiming UC. Before the event, I jokingly remarked that anyone attending the Jobcentre that day would have to carry with them their “Willy-Wonka” ticket as certification they met all the criteria. I anticipated the numbers would be low; but NOT ONE surprised even me.

      Since then, we have seen the numbers of claims increase at snail or glacial pace, as Labour’s Rachel Reeves put it. The DWP has also extended the list of criteria to ensure only handfuls of couples with the most straightforward of personal factors can actually claim.

      Exactly the same criteria will apply to couples and single parents with children. So where there exists a current claim for legacy benefits (e.g. JSA, ESA, income support, DLA, PIP) or there’s an ongoing appeal, a disability; a pregnant partner or claimant; a carer; a child with disabilities etc the family will be excluded from claiming. See the list of criteria here.

      So why is the DWP so anxious to exclude so many potential claimants to keep the numbers to a bare minimum?
      Again the answer is simple: they’re using legacy IT systems and triple-keying information. They’re also under-staffed, under-trained and are completely bereft of the knowledge needed to deliver even the handful of claims they’re being asked to process.

  20. “Landlord Tory blocks law to protect tenants with hour-long speech”

    Read the comments…..”Shares a flat with McVey”

  21. Someone wants to block his air tube!

  22. Take a look here:

    It was Chope that filibustered the private member’s bill

    From Wikipedia:
    : Chope was appointed as the Parliamentary
    : Private Secretary to Peter
    : Brooke, the Minister of State at the
    : Treasury in 1986, before being
    : promoted by Margaret Thatcher to serve in
    : her government as the
    : Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at
    : the Department for the
    : Environment later in the same year, where he
    : was responsible for
    : steering through the poll tax, or
    : “Community Charge”, legislation.
    : On 10 February 2009, he called for the
    : minimum wage to be
    : abolished. His Employment Opportunities
    : Bill, which would, according
    : to Chope, introduce more freedom to the job
    : market and decrease
    : unemployment, was backed by ten other
    : Conservative MPs at the first
    : reading, among them Edward Leigh, David
    : Wilshire, Nigel Evans, Bill
    : Cash and Peter Bone.
    : Later that year, in the expenses scandal, it
    : emerged that Chope had
    : claimed £136,992 in parliamentary expenses
    : in 2007/08. This included
    : claiming £881 to repair a sofa.
    : On 12 March 2010, he was responsible for the
    : blocking of a bill to
    : protect the world’s poorest countries from
    : debt sharks use of “vulture
    : funds”, despite his party’s support for
    : the bill.
    : In October 2010, Chope helped host a meeting
    : of climate-science
    : sceptics at Westminster.
    : On 11 October 2011 Chope raised an eleventh
    : hour objection to the
    : Hillsborough debate taking place because he
    : believed a debate about
    : MP’s pensions was more important. Cries of
    : ‘shame’ echoed around the
    : chamber and Labour MP Jamie Reed said that
    : the perpetrator should be
    : ‘named and shamed’ for raising the
    : objection.
    : Chope came under fire in January 2013 for
    : referring to some staff in
    : the House of Commons as
    : “servants”. Parallels were drawn
    : between this
    : opinion and his views on the minimum wage.
    : In June 2013 Chope was one of four MPs who
    : camped outside Parliament
    : in a move to facilitate parliamentary debate
    : on what they called an
    : “Alternative Queen’s Speech” -an
    : attempt to show what a future
    : Conservative government might deliver. 42
    : policies were listed
    : including reintroduction of the death
    : penalty and conscription,
    : privatizing the BBC, banning the burka in
    : public places and
    : preparation to leave the European Union.
    : In December 2013 Chope objected to the
    : second reading of the Alan
    : Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill in the House
    : of Commons. Because of
    : this, the Government decided to act under
    : the royal prerogative of
    : mercy. On 24 December 2013 Queen Elizabeth
    : II granted Turing a free
    : pardon.
    : November 28th 2014 Chope, a private
    : landlord, filibustered a bill with
    : cross party support intended to make revenge
    : evictions an offence.
    : —

    As I mentioned on my post on Pride’s Purge, stick a peg on your nose before reading Chopes Wikipedia page. A thoroughly dishonest, unscrupulous turd.


    I will pop back in at some point….as you guys can appreciate with the Teresa May SHAM RIGGED historic CSA enquiry i have been more than a bit busy as they say…anyroad up..dont give up..this lame bunch o’ feckwits are almost on their last legs and messing up big time with their efforts to cower us all…
    bollocks to them is what i say

    btw ive been following the void on and off so just need to get clued up and step back in at some point..

  24. “all those countless thousands of claimants that held DLA awards and were emphatically informed that they could not be taken into consideration when claiming ESA”



    Dear Georgina Smith,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 6 November 2014. You

    There is a legal requirement for DWP DMs to take into account the relevance of a
    DLA award when deciding on the claimant’s ESA award:

    “Case law (JW v SSWP (ESA) [2012] UKUT 256 (AAC)CE/2894/2011) obliges
    Decision Makers to take into account the relevance of a claimant’s existing DLA
    award when considering a Work Capability Assessment — there may be
    sufficient “common ground” for one to provide material evidence in respect of the

    Answer from the DWP;

    You have requested that the Department confirm your understanding of the effect of a certain
    case. However, as this does not fall within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
    (FOI Act) the Department will not be answering it.

    …………………………………………I was also told on several occasions that my “LIFETIME DLA AWARD” could not be taken into consideration when undergoing an ESA TRIBUNAL.

    I have been existing on £32 per week since they stole my benefits 16 months ago.

    Q. What is the name of Minister for the Disabled?
    A. We can`t give that information.

    So public knowledge & things in the public domain are not acceptable from FOI request !! Quite simple really the answer is Mark Harper.


    Q. Do you hear voices DWP?
    A. Sorry we have got no info on that.

    So the DWP don`t hear voices or read letters, in fact the DWP are deaf & dumb & still claiming DLA for it.


  27. Until the MP`s & rich idiots in the government stop having shares in ATOS & UNUM trading on the stock exchange Welfare Reform Fails !!! Can`t have your cake & eat it.

  28. The level of stupidity by the DWP is called fraud.

  29. A bit off thread, but I’ve posted this on another forum:
    “Our National Insurance fund is ringfenced and fully topped-up. However the Government can borrow funds from the NI fund to repaid with interest at commercial rates. I suspect Gidiot has mortgaged our NI funds and like other debts, he’ll renege. Perhaps that’s why he is targeting all the “useless eaters” like pensioners, the disabled and sick as well as the unemployed – he’s shitting himself in case we discover he’s blown all of our NI money.

  30. What's The Fucking Point?

    That feeling you get when you wake up on a Sunday morning and wish that the world would end or you were dead. I hate that.

  31. Annos – Not that old rubbish again.

    • I only put it on to show that in one way or another the establishment has total control or a (guiding) hand in everything to do with their ongoing grasp on governance.

  32. I see Russell Brand is going to be at one of the New Era demonstrations outside Westbrook’s building in Mayfair – which is a coincidence as:
    “The firm helping to finance Brand’s film is called Mayfair Film Partnership Limited (MFP), and is based in the same building as a hairdresser’s in Weston-super-Mare. The comedian is listed at Companies House as one of its directors, along with his UK manager and UK business manager.”
    “This week, I contacted Brand’s business manager Andrew Antonio to ask him about the venture. Before clamming up, he told me: ‘It’s a film fund a bit like Ingenious.’
    Ingenious Media offers a controversial way for the rich to make tax-efficient investments in potential Hollywood blockbusters.”

    I imagine his devotion to the principles he spouts would last about as long as his devotion to Katy Perry if he had to redistribute his own wealth.

  33. Dear All so very kind of you guys such kind words,
    Ok brief updates for anyone intetested ,
    The two nominees for the historic child sex enquiry were proved unsuitable mostly because they both had connections to VIP child sex offenders !! such arrogance eh ?
    or ignorance,
    Another snippet too,
    We have discovered that there was a child porn racket that was
    being run from the Home Office itself with kidnap and abduction of children to feed it as well .
    Just shows how those bastards in power were operating and how they think

  34. @JohnnyVoid
    Hi mate i seem to remember you had a blog about Brendan O Neil yeah we came up against his bollocks recently , he writes for the establishment arse licking spiked online site,
    Having a pop at the historic child sex abuse thing and the victims too, totally reprehensible in my opinion
    Whats even worse was the gut wrenching comments on his item from paedo apologist and
    paedo fans , same sort of crap i was reading years ago,
    Anyway when i saw his name, some of our team asked about him and i suddenly remember seeing it on the void,
    So thanks mate for that,
    Joke..O Neill claim to be libertarian free speech trumpeters, ha ! they are establishment through and through, they even claim its free speech to push and promote racism

    • overburdenddonkey

      obviously those responsible for CSA should be detained so that they can no longer cause the great harm that they do, and also so that they can be cured of their personality disorders..the same cure is applicable to both victim’s and abuser’s…imv it would be far better to campaign for total justice for victim’s of CSA/CA and ensure that the emotional cure is widely available, or the cycle of CSA/CA will continue unabated.. “Dr Bob Johnson’s clinic is now closed
      Happily, my researches into the….emotional roots….of psychiatric disorder, especially psychotic symptoms have been fruitful. Unhappily, I have been unable to attract support for this approach either from the NHS or elsewhere. The reality is that I cannot cope with the flood of sufferers who would like to pursue this for themselves or their family. Accordingly I have had to close my clinic, and restrict myself to medico-legal work, which hopefully will bring about some of the necessary reforms. I append below, a link to a recent Dublin case”.

      • @Donkey i will be honest with you mate we are talking about sadistic child murderer types of which we have no sympathy for at all,
        Anyway i best get off this subject as this blog is about disablec homeless and other stuff and i also dont want to piss john off either .. lol !

  35. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  36. “Considering When to Request a Peer Review”

    “Suicide/alleged suicide”

    Peer Reviews are a continuous improvement tool. They are a mechanism that allows case
    handling to be analysed with objective scrutiny. It must be stressed that Peer Review is not
    used to seek out or apportion blame; it is a supporting tool. (A cursory glance backwards to see how many lives the governments own, butchery department, the DWP, has taken)
    Where suicide is associated with DWP activity, a Peer Review must be undertaken. A
    Peer Review is mandatory, irrespective of whether a complaint has been made or
    suicide is formally confirmed. This is to ensure that any DWP action or involvement
    was appropriate, procedurally correct and to enable service improvement.
    Peer Reviews might also be considered in the following circumstances (the list is not

    ………………………… Strangely, the DWP cannot find any links to the following deaths. For those of you who work at the DWP, the clue is in every paragraph……………..

    Terry McGarvey, 48. Dangerously ill from polycytheamia, Terry asked for an ambulance to be called during his Work Capability Assessment. He knew that he wasn’t well enough to attend his WCA but feared that his benefits would be stopped if he did not. He died the following day.

    Elaine Lowe, 53. Suffering from COPD and fearful of losing her benefits. In desperation, Elaine chose to commit suicide.

    Mark Wood, 44. Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.

    Paul Reekie, 48, the Leith based Poet and Author. Suffered from severe depression. Committed suicide after DWP stopped his benefits due to an Atos ‘fit for work’ decision.

    Leanne Chambers, 30. Suffered depression for many years which took a turn for the worst when she was called in for a WCA. Leanne committed suicide soon after.

    Karen Sherlock, 44. Multiple health issues. Found fit for work by Atos and denied benefits. Fought a long battle to get placed into the support group of ESA. Karen died the following month of a heart attack.

    Carl Payne, 42. Fears of losing his lifeline benefits due to welfare reform led this Father of two to take his own life.

    Tim Salter, 53. Blind and suffering from Agoraphobia. Tim hanged himself after Atos found him fit for work and stopped his benefits.

    Edward Jacques, 47 years old and suffering from HIV and Hepatitis C. Edward had a history of severe depression and self-harm. He took a fatal overdose after Atos found him fit for work and stopped his benefits.

    Linda Wootton, 49 years old. A double heart and lung transplant patient. Died just nine days after the government found her fit for work, their refusal letter arriving as she lay desperately ill in her hospital bed.

    Steven Cawthra, 55. His benefits stopped by the DWP and with rising debts, he saw suicide as the only way out of a desperate situation.

    Elenore Tatton, 39 years old. Died just weeks after the government found her fit for work.

    John Walker, 57, saddled with debt because of the bedroom tax, John took his own life.

    Brian McArdle, 57 years old. Suffered a fatal heart attack the day after his disability benefits were stopped.

    Stephen Hill, 53. Died of a heart attack one month after being found fit for work, even though he was waiting for major heart surgery.

    Jacqueline Harris, 53. A former Nurse who could hardly walk was found fit for work by Atos and her benefits withdrawn. in desperation, she took her own life.

    David Barr, 28. Suffering from severe mental difficulties. Threw himself from a bridge after being found fit for work by Atos and failing his appeal.

    David Groves, 56. Died of a heart attack the night before taking his work capability assessment. His widow claimed that it was the stress that killed him.

    Nicholas Peter Barker, 51. Shot himself after being told his benefits were being stopped. He was unable to work after a brain haemorrhage left him paralysed down one side.

    Mark and Helen Mullins, 48 and 59 years old. Forced to live on £57.50 a week and make 12 mile trips each week to get free vegetables to make soup. Mark and Helen both committed suicide.

    Richard Sanderson, 44. Unable to find a job and with his housing benefit cut forcing him to move, but with nowhere to go. Richard committed suicide.

    Martin Rust, 36 years old. A schizophrenic man who killed himself two months after the government found him fit to work.

    Craig Monk, 43. A vulnerable gentleman and a partial amputee who slipped so far into poverty that he hanged himself.

    Colin Traynor, 29, and suffering from epilepsy was stripped of his benefits. He appealed. Five weeks after his death his family found he had won his appeal.

    Elaine Christian, 57 years old. Worried about her work capability assessment, she was subsequently found at Holderness drain, drowned and with ten self inflicted wrist wounds.

    Christelle and Kayjah Pardoe, 32 years and 5 month old. Pregnant, her benefits stopped, Christelle, clutching her baby son jumped from a third floor balcony.

    Mark Scott, 46. His DLA and housing benefit stopped and sinking into deep depression, Mark died six weeks later.

    Cecilia Burns, 51. Found fit for work while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She died just a few weeks after she won her appeal against the Atos decision.

    Chris Cann, 57 years old. Found dead in his home just months after being told he had to undergo a medical assessment to prove he could not work.

    Peter Hodgson, 49. Called to JCP to see if he was suitable for volunteer work. Peter had suffered a stroke, a brain haemorrhage and had a fused leg. His appointment letter arrived a few days after he took his own life.

    Paul Willcoxsin, 33 years old. Suffered with mental health problems and worried about government cuts. Paul committed suicide by hanging himself.

    Stephanie Bottrill, 53. After paying £80 a month for bedroom tax, Stephanie could not afford heating in the winter, and lived on tinned custard. In desperation, she chose to walk in front of a lorry.

    Larry Newman suffered from a degenerative lung condition, his weight dropping from 10 to 7 stone. Atos awarded him zero points, he died just three months after submitting his appeal.

    Paul Turner, 52 years old. After suffering a heart attack, he was ordered to find a job in February. In April Paul died from ischaemic heart disease.

    Christopher Charles Harkness, 39. After finding out that the funding for his care home was being withdrawn, this man who suffered with mental health issues, took his own life.

    Sandra Louise Moon, 57. Suffering from a degenerative back condition, depression and increasingly worried about losing her incapacity benefit. Sandra committed suicide by taking an overdose.

    Lee Robinson, 39 years old. Took his own life after his housing benefit and council tax were taken away from him.

    David Coupe, 57. A Cancer sufferer found fit for work by Atos in 2012. David lost his sight, then his hearing, then his mobility, and then his life.

    Michael McNicholas, 34. Severely depressed and a recovering alcoholic. Michael committed suicide after being called in for a Work Capability Assessment by Atos.

    Victor Cuff, 59 and suffering from severe depression. Victor hanged himself after the DWP stopped his benefits.

    Charles Barden, 74. Charles committed suicide by hanging due to fears that the Bedroom Tax would leave him destitute and unable to cope.

    Ian Caress, 43. Suffered multiple health issues and deteriorating eyesight. Ian was found fit for work by Atos, he died ten months later having lost so much weight that his family said that he resembled a concentration camp victim.

    Iain Hodge, 30. Suffered from the life threatening illness, Hughes Syndrome. Found fit for work by Atos and benefits stopped, Iain took his own life.

    Wayne Grew, 37. Severely depressed due to government cuts and the fear of losing his job, Wayne committed suicide by hanging.

    Kevin Bennett, 40. Kevin a sufferer of schizophrenia and mental illness became so depressed after his JSA was stopped that he became a virtual recluse. Kevin was found dead in his flat several months later.

    David Elwyn Hughs Harries, 48. A disabled man who could no longer cope after his parents died, could find no help from the government via benefits. David took an overdose as a way out of his solitude.

    Denis Jones, 58. A disabled man crushed by the pressures of government cuts, in particular the Bedroom Tax, and unable to survive by himself. Denis was found dead in his flat.

    Shaun Pilkington, 58. Unable to cope any more, Shaun shot himself dead after receiving a letter from the DWP informing him that his ESA was being stopped.

    Paul ?, 51. Died in a freezing cold flat after his ESA was stopped. Paul appealed the decision and won on the day that he lost his battle to live.

    Chris MaGuire, 61. Deeply depressed and incapable of work, Chris was summonsed by Atos for a Work Capability Assessment and deemed fit for work. On appeal, a judge overturned the Atos decision and ordered them to leave him alone for at least a year, which they did not do. In desperation, Chris took his own life, unable to cope anymore.

    Peter Duut, a Dutch national with terminal cancer living in the UK for many years found that he was not entitled to benefits unless he was active in the labour market. Peter died leaving his wife destitute, and unable to pay for his funeral.

    George Scollen, age unknown. Took his own life after the government closed the Remploy factory he had worked in for 40 years.

    Julian Little, 47. Wheelchair bound and suffering from kidney failure, Julian faced the harsh restrictions of the Bedroom Tax and the loss of his essential dialysis room. He died shortly after being ordered to downgrade.

    Miss DE, Early 50’s. Suffering from mental illness, this lady committed suicide less than a month after an Atos assessor gave her zero points and declared her fit for work.

    Robert Barlow, 47. Suffering from a brain tumour, a heart defect and awaiting a transplant, Robert was deemed fit for work by Atos and his benefits were withdrawn. He died penniless less than two years later.

    Carl Joseph Foster-Brown, 58. As a direct consequence of the wholly unjustifiable actions of the Job centre and DWP, this man took his own life.

    Martin Hadfield, 20 years old. Disillusioned with the lack of jobs available in this country but too proud to claim benefits. Utterly demoralised, Martin took his own life by hanging himself.

    Annette Francis, 30. A mum-of-one suffering from severe mental illness, found dead after her disability benefits were ceased.

    Ian Jordan, 60. His benefits slashed after Atos and the DWP declared Ian, a sufferer of Barratt’s Oesophagus, fit for work, caused him to run up massive debts in order to survive. Ian was found dead in his flat after taking an overdose.

    Janet McCall, 53. Terminally ill with pulmonary fibrosis and declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Atos and the DWP, this lady died 5 months after her benefits were stopped.

    Stuart Holley, 23. A man driven to suicide by the DWP’s incessant pressure and threat of sanctions for not being able to find a job.

    Graham Shawcross, 63. A sufferer of the debilitating disease, Addison’s. Died of a heart attack due to the stress of an Atos ‘Fit for Work’ decision.

    David Clapson, 59 years old. A diabetic ex-soldier deprived of the means to survive by the DWP and the governments harsh welfare reforms, David died all but penniless, starving and alone, his electricity run out.

    Chris Smith, 59. Declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Atos as he lay dying of Cancer in his hospital bed.

    Nathan Hartwell, 36, died of heart failure after an 18-month battle with the ­Department for Works and Pensions.

    Michael Connolly, 60. A Father of One, increasingly worried about finances after his benefits were cut. Committed suicide by taking 13 times the fatal dose of prescription medicine on the 30th October – His Birthday.

    Jan Mandeville, 52, A lady suffering from Fibromyalgia, driven to the point of mental and physical breakdown by this governments welfare reforms. Jan was found dead in her home after battling the DWP for ESA and DLA.

    Trevor Drakard, 50 years old. A shy and reserved, severe epileptic who suffered regular and terrifying fits almost his entire life, hounded to suicide by the DWP who threatened to stop his life-line benefits.

    Death of a severely disabled Dorset resident, unnamed, who took her own life while battling the bedroom tax.

    ……………………….please feel free to look away, for your sins are right behind you……………..



      • “Sadly, it will cost more than £600 for the DWP to access it’s departmental links to the words, “CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER”

        From: jimmy3

        3 November 2014

        Dear PO-BUSINESS-SUPPORT DWP, (duplicated)

        To clarify my request, since I asked for records held in electronic
        form then it is reasonable to assume the data exists in an indexed
        form (possibly multiple indexes) such as date, sender email address
        and recipient email address.

        Therefore please carry out a generic search of DWP communications
        containing the key words “corporate manslaughter” providing the
        documents in the order displayed to you until I have received my

        If this is not possible please provide guidance on how the data
        held in electronic form is indexed so I may structure my request in
        a better way.

        Yours sincerely,

        Mr Glynne Powell.

        Link to this


    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 31 October 2014.
    You asked:

    “I would like to request information regarding the value of benefits removed from
    benefit claimants due to benefit sanctions.

    Information held by the department giving the total value of benefit payments stopped
    each month due to benefit sanctions broken down by the type of benefit.

    Job Seekers Allowance

    Employment and Support Allowance

    Income Support

    Going back to 2005 or as far as is practicable within the cost limits of the Freedom of
    Information Act”

    We can confirm that the Department does hold some information falling within the description
    specified in your request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request
    would exceed the appropriate limit of £600.

  38. southessexheckler

    Reblogged this on The Heckler and commented:
    For all the UKIPers who think that Londoners are queuing up to take cash payments as an incentive to leave London and move out to places like Essex as the capital is socially cleansed, here’s some news – an increasing number of them are fighting tooth and nail to stay in their city. Their fight is one that everyone out here in Essex should be supporting…

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