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Andrew49
09-11-2011, 08:40 AM
A married couple have been found dead in their Bedworth home following an apparent tragic suicide pact.

Mark and Helen Mullins were found lying side by side in their home in Henson Road, Bedworth. Friends have spoken of the tragic couple’s struggle to access the correct benefits – leaving them living “hand to mouth” on food handouts from a Coventry soup kitchen which they walked five miles to each week.

the story of Helen and Mark Mullins (http://beneaththewig.com/rip-helen-and-mark)

Coventry Telegraph (http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2011/11/08/bedworth-suicide-pact-couple-found-lying-side-by-side-92746-29739580/)

Speechless.

Holly
09-11-2011, 08:42 AM
None of the politicians nor the classes they represent will ever go hungry.

Andrew49
09-11-2011, 09:15 AM
It's very reminiscent of a 1978 BBC Play for Today on events going on around Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee. The play was "The Spongers" an ultimately tragic tale of benefit dependency set against the Queen's Silver Jubilee the previous year.

IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0216230/)
Jim Allen brilliantly demolishes the social consensus with his very simple conceit, comparing the British royal family to a poor single parent family in 70's Britain. And it is painful and harrowing to follow the fate of this family at the hands of social services against the background of nationalistic fervour created by the jubilee celebrations. The ending is probably the most shocking event in television history, but was eclipsed at the time by tabloid uproar over the opening titles of the play, which (super)imposed a picture of the Royals beside the word Spongers. This controversy itself demonstrates Allen's concerns and serves to illuminate his lifetime themes and specifically the themes of this sadly almost forgotten play. It appears British television no longer has a social remit and, though I hate to admit it, this play is probably partly responsible for that - it's just too powerful, too awkward, all too true. I hope someday it finds its way back into public consciousness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Nrs4eU6mk

I wonder will these two deaths match the furore that Play managed to attract?

C. Flower
09-11-2011, 04:57 PM
A married couple have been found dead in their Bedworth home following an apparent tragic suicide pact.

Mark and Helen Mullins were found lying side by side in their home in Henson Road, Bedworth. Friends have spoken of the tragic couple’s struggle to access the correct benefits – leaving them living “hand to mouth” on food handouts from a Coventry soup kitchen which they walked five miles to each week.

the story of Helen and Mark Mullins (http://beneaththewig.com/rip-helen-and-mark)

Coventry Telegraph (http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2011/11/08/bedworth-suicide-pact-couple-found-lying-side-by-side-92746-29739580/)

Speechless.

When I was living in London a few years back, we had a new neighbour move in who seemed a bit odd. It transpired, after a few weeks, that she had had cancer and was also sufferering from some form of schizophrenia. She was pushed out into the "community" with no benefits, no capacity to work or to deal with the system. She was living on stolen biscuits. I found out, because I reached out to touch her arm one day, and she was so emaciated under her cardigan it just felt like a bone in her sleeve.

It took a group of us about a month on the phone to the agencies to get her onto benefits and medication. If we hadn't fed her she would have died.

Eventually transpired her "case had got mislayed" between two workers.

fluffybiscuits
10-11-2011, 01:09 PM
When I was living in London a few years back, we had a new neighbour move in who seemed a bit odd. It transpired, after a few weeks, that she had had cancer and was also sufferering from some form of schizophrenia. She was pushed out into the "community" with no benefits, no capacity to work or to deal with the system. She was living on stolen biscuits. I found out, because I reached out to touch her arm one day, and she was so emaciated under her cardigan it just felt like a bone in her sleeve.

It took a group of us about a month on the phone to the agencies to get her onto benefits and medication. If we hadn't fed her she would have died.

Eventually transpired her "case had got mislayed" between two workers.

I have a friend at the moment whom is going through what not as severe as what happened to your neighbour , is having issues after suddenly having his disability cut off down in Offaly. He also has had his travel pass taken off him and he relied on this for going about his business. He would come up to Dublin for luinch, do his few bits and pieces and to combat the isolation. Now he has lost his free electricity, his travel pass, his fuel allowance, medical card and a few other things. When he applied for them back they refused, he could repeal but it would take six months for it to come through and he is a wreck. The Dept of Social Welfare would say they have a staff shortage but they were quick enough cutting him off the *****....