A mother took her own life after the government took away nearly all her disabled son’s benefits and support, a coroner has ruled.
“What have I got to do? Top myself to get help for my son?”
BBC News reported that 73-year-old Valerie Grant of Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, “walked in front of a train” and died in April 2017. Prior to this, her severely autistic son had lost a job placement as a bin man, was not entitled to support via a day care centre, had been turned down for accommodation, had lost his Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments, and was refused a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Grant had reportedly told mental health workers:
What have I got to do? Top myself to get help for my son?
Coroner Andrew Haigh said of Grant’s death:
There were a number of agencies involved, but nobody took a lead. I do have concerns about the lack of support, but I don’t think there’s any one agency that I can write to to try to remedy this…
The inquest concluded that Grant had taken her own life while suffering from depression. And as the verdict was announced, Grant’s step-son reportedly shouted:
It is just being swept under the carpet. One agency blames another agency and they can get away with it.