Department for Work and Pensions ‘put girl in coma’ – now they won’t leave her family alone

12 Feb

Benefit tales

The Mirror’s Real Britain columnist Ros Wynne-Jones on the private companies being paid to hound people – whatever condition they are in

At Sheila Holt’s home in ­Rochdale, Lancs, her sister Linda fetches a letter. It’s to Sheila from Seetec, a private company paid a bonus every time it gets someone on ­benefits into work.

“We hope that all the activities or training intervention completed so far has not only supported you to achieve your aspirations but has moved you closer to the job market,” Linda reads, her eyes filling with tears. You will shortly enter the second stage of your Intensive Job-Focussed Activity.”

Sheila, 47, has been in a coma in hospital since December 17, but she is still receiving letters from Atos and Seetec, contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions. “They’re still hounding Sheila even now,” Linda says.

Far from “achieving her aspirations”, Sheila’s family believe…

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