Aaron Lane: Talented musician with mental health problems took his own life after DWP ruled him fit to work

Aaron took his own life after he lost his Disability Living Allowance – his parents believe he was worried his benefits would be stopped entirely

A talented musician battling mental health problems took his own life after he was ruled fit to work.

Aaron Lane, who won a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London in his 20s, suffered psychosis and had been receiving Disability Living Allowance.

But he was recently ruled fit to work under the Tory Government’s crippling benefits changes.

Instead Aaron, who lived alone in a flat, was surviving on Jobseeker’s Allowance.

His parents say he feared he would lose all of his benefits and be left penniless.

After they raised concerns, police forced entry to his home in Newark, Lincs, and found him dead aged 31.

It is understood he had taken his own life.

Aaron’s dad Steve and mum Carol are calling for more detailed checks to be carried out on people with mental health problems before benefits are stopped or changed.

“He used to say every single day that no one would employ him,” said Carol. “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.”

Steve added: “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.

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