Thousands of sick and disabled people have tragically lost their lives within months of being refused disability benefits by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), it has been revealed.
Official DWP data reveals that 7,990 people died within six months of having a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rejected by cruel and callous benefit officials.
Of these, 3,680 died within just three months of having their PIP applications rejected by the DWP, the Daily Mirror reports.
The shocking figures were admitted by the Tory minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton MP, in a written answer to Labour MP Madeleine Moon and cover a five-year period to April 2018, during which time there were 3.6million PIP claims.
Ms Moon also discoved that 17,070 people have died waiting for their PIP claims to be assessed by DWP decision makers.
It comes as seperate DWP figures show that 72% of PIP claimants who take their cases to a social security tribunal go on to win their appeals.
Ms Moon said: “These shameful figures reveal how potentially gravely ill people who should be eligible for benefits, have tragically fallen through the cracks of a system that should be there to support them as they approach the end of life.
“We have uncovered many cases where terminally ill people have had their PIP applications rejected when applying under Normal Rules and have died within a year.
“It is disgraceful that some people who are dying have had their claims rejected.”
Ms Newton shamefully attempted to defend the DWP, insisting that terminally ill people are fast-tracked through the PIP assessment process and usually receice payment within six days of their application.
A DWP spokeswoman told the Daily Mirror: “DWP decision makers take into consideration all the evidence provided and under PIP 31% of people get the highest possible support, compared with 15% under DLA.
“We fast-track the claim process for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and we’re stopping unnecessary reassessments for people with the most severe and life-long conditions.”