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‘Working People’ – A song about David Clapson, a claimant who died after being benefit sanctioned.

Kiran Leonard, described by the Guardian as “a precocious 20-year-old from Saddleworth, Greater Manchester,” has written a song about David Clapson, a man who died after a benefit sanction. David was a diabetic who required insulin. After his benefits were stopped he was unable to buy electricity to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working. After three weeks he died from diabetic ketoacidosis, caused by a severe lack of insulin.

He died penniless and alone, failed by the very people who were supposed to help him. He had an empty stomach, and just £3.44 to his name. A pile of CVs was found close to his body. You can read more him here: David Clapson: A victim of Britain’s harsh welfare sanctions

I heard this song today and thought it was good way of keeping his memory alive and a reminder of why we fight against the DWP and why many of us feel Iain Duncan Smith is little more than a dirty rotten criminal.


“A quietly devastating song about David Clapson, an unemployed former soldier who died alone from diabetic ketoacidosis after having his benefits stopped.” Sam Richards in the Guardian


4 comments on “‘Working People’ – A song about David Clapson, a claimant who died after being benefit sanctioned.

  1. Nick Halpin
    January 13, 2016

    Nye Bevan was 100% right when he said Tories are worse than Vermin. Its an insult to Vermin to compare them to Tories.

    RIP David… You have not died

  2. AndyH
    January 20, 2016

    Hi I saw a video of yours on twitter – a MP saying that the number of people working has gone up, but hours of collective working has gone down – do you have the citation please? (I’m trying to put together an infograph about the realities of record levels of employment).

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