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Work and Pensions Questions: Loss of life through errors

Many of you will have seen in both the local and national media that we sadly lost a fellow Flintshire resident because of an error by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Mrs Joy Worrall’s inquest took place recently and it became apparent that she had taken her own life because of the poverty forced upon her by the UK Government. Her State Pension and Winter Fuel Payments had been stopped due to a ‘clerical error’, which resulted in the desperately sad situation we now find ourselves in.

I have been supporting the family and my thoughts go out to them in what must be an extraordinarily difficult time. I am determined to do much more than just send my condolences. That is why I have secured meetings with the Minister responsible and called for an urgent inquiry – led by the Secretary of State – to ensure that no one ever loses their life because of poverty.

I welcome the commitments made in response to my question, but much more can and should be done to ensure this catastrophe never happens again.