Tory welfare abuse.
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Sadly, Malcolm Burge, 66, killed himself after desperately trying to get help when he was presented with a bill for £809.79 from Newham Council in London after changes to his benefits.
Mr Burge was pursued by Newham Council after his housing benefit was slashed from £89.39 to £44.75 per week, and the council failed to implement the changes immediately due to a backlog in processing the benefit changes by the council. Mr Burge continued to receive the higher amount, which the council sought to recover from him.
Mr Burge had tried to rectify the situation with the council, writing to them and telling them he was “depressed, stressed and suicidal” and “I have no savings or assets. I am not trying to live, I am trying to survive. I can’t remember the last time I had £800.”
Letters were presented at the inquest into his…
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