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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
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