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Jimmy Ballentine, 60, was interviewed four times over four months and took a fatal overdose the day his twin grandsons celebrated fourth birthday

 

The family of a former coal miner say he taken his own life after being “hounded” by Government officials over a benefits claim.

 

Jimmy Ballentine, 60, started work in the mines aged 15 but fell ill with depression after losing his job during the Thatcher strikes.

 

The dad-of-two was investigated by DWP fraud officers after he accidentally over-claimed a small amount of benefits.

 

Jimmy had £7,000 emergency savings, which unknowingly placed him slightly above the £6,000 means-tested limit.

 

 

Apparently he had repeatedly asked how much he had been overpaid/overclaimed and he never received a response. He was terrified that he would be £thousands in debt.

 

Another tragic victim of the benefit system :(

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coal-miner-took-life-after-10477308

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Is there anyway one could find out how many deaths have occurred that could be related to benefit sanctions, investigations etc ?

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Sadly no. Because they can't be confirmed or proven to be by them

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