Dad-of-Three Tried To Kill Himself Over Universal Credit
Dad-of-three, Dean Lovell-Payne, took a massive overdose in September whilst on the phone to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), after having to cope for almost three months without receiving ANY benefits at all.
Dean stated that after ten weeks with no form of benefits, he believed that his life insurance would pay out more quickly that his new Universal Credit benefits. He and his wife Paula were close to having to put their children into care, which is why he took such a drastic course of action.
The former ambulance worker, from Poole, Dorset, said: “Each and every day is horrendous.
I realised it was utterly hopeless and that my life insurance would be more likely to pay out in time to help my family than Universal Credit was.
“I thought it was my only option to stop them suffering.
“I took an overdose.
“I didn’t even hang-up the phone. I told the soulless b*****d exactly what I was doing.
“It seemed like the only way my family would be safe and no longer suffering, the only end to the hardship and insecurity.
“The next thing I knew the police and ambulance arrived.
“I survived the overdose because I had tolerance to the painkillers and sleeping tablets I had taken, by luck more than judgement.
“But I am not the same person. I’m anxious, fearful and distrusting of anyone in the benefits system.
“Although I survived, I don’t see much of a future for myself.”
He received his benefits the same day that police altered the DWP to the incident.
A DWP spokesperson said: “We sympathise with the distress Mr Lovell-Payne felt.
“Jobcentre staff handled his claim sensitively and in line with their duty of care.
“A Universal Credit payment was made as soon as Mr Lovell-Payne’s claim had been properly verified.”