But when someone sent me a link to this FOI request to the DWP about euthanasia options for those who are removed off DLA / ESA I assumed it was going to be a joke. It turned out, in fact, to be horribly, chillingly apt.
The request by Stuart Wyatt begins,
With your department aiming to remove the benefits from 25% of DLAand goes on to ask whether ATOS will therefore be providing suicide kits.
claimants, and deem 91% of ESA claimants as fit for work, please
could you inform me what provisions have been made for those
disabled and sick people to choose a quick and painless death in
preference to slow and painful death by starvation, neglect or
The same man has made a video of telephone calls to ATOS asking for the same information.
It would be funny if it wasn't so damn true.
Back to the Freedomof Information request, the DWP have to reply by the 21st February, so do check for their response.