Woman, 81, Took Her Life after Being Wrongly Stripped of Her Pension
When her pension was stopped and she came up short on money, Joy Worrall opted to end her life by throwing herself into a quarry.
The 81-year-old had just $6.50 left to her name when she ended it all in November 2018. Her body was discovered at the foot of a 40-foot face at Rhes-y-cae quarry, as reported by Daily Post.
Worrall was too proud to even consider telling her family about her money-related issues.
In 2014, Worrall had obtained an inheritance. She even told the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about it.
However, her pension situation was "re-assessed" in 2017, and the DWP froze her ordinary state pension rather than just freezing the pension credits she got. The senior woman was left with no income at all.
According to an inquest into her demise, Worrall was too proud to even consider telling her family about her money-related issues. She then committed suicide as she had consistently warned to do in the event that she had significant health or financial stresses.
Her son, Ben Worrall, spoke to her for the last time on November 19, 2018. He usually conversed with his mom three or four times each week. After two days, somebody had reached him asking him where his mother was, so he went to her home.
It made me feel really sad and really mad this could happen to anybody. When you’re responsible for anybody’s money and therefore their wellbeing part of making any change to a benefit should be double checked. Changes to benefits should ALWAYS have mandatory peer checks.— Kate_4728 🇬🇧🏴🇬🇧 (@KatePotts11) May 10, 2019
Ben couldn't find Worrall or her vehicle when he got to her property in Church Terrace, Rhes y Cae. He immediately raised the alarm, and a search was launched. On November 22, Worrall's body was discovered at the bottom of a 40-foot face of the Rhes y Cae quarry.
Ben expressed that his mother's death was a shock as there were so many unanswered inquiries. But he understood what had happened when he investigated her activities and reached the DWP.
When I was CAB advisor the DWP were awful in the way thay dealt with the most disadvantaged people in society. I used to constantly point out to them that what thay did was wrong and get peoples benefits re instated with a covering loan. It cost more than the sanction saved— Andrew Smith for the EU #FBPE #3.5% vive the EU (@AndrewS90812090) May 10, 2019
There needs to be the equivalent of a corporate manslaughter charge which can be brought against administrators who allow this to happen "someone made a mistake" simply isn't good enough.— Alex B (@AlexBcyberdude) May 10, 2019
Suzanne Mitchelson, the DWP’s complaints resolution manager, sent a letter of explanation to Ben, saying that the two pensions ought to have been "decombined" and her basic pension proceeded.
DWP has apologized for the mistake. In any case, Delyn MP David Hanson is looking for further explanation and a confirmation that the systems have been fixed to avoid a repeat.