Op-ed: Ever signed on as unemployed? If you have it may have been an OK or a brutal experience or anything in between. For one young man it was a nasty experience that led to his death.
David Brown, 18, desperately wanted to work. He was seeking a welder's apprenticeship but was under 'immense pressure' from the Department of Work and Pensions?
Threatened with sanctions if he did not do more to find work David felt belittled and humiliated. He was told he had to do more to find work or his benefits would be stopped.
"Shortly before he killed himself, David told his mother: “The way the Jobcentre treat people, it is no surprise people commit suicide" reports the Daily Mirror.
An inquest into his death is being held.
Wednesday at PMQs in the House of Commons Labour MP Anna Turley raised David's case.
The Tory PM Theresa May stand in, David Lidlington, said all the right words about heartfelt, sympathy and more but that government has set the tough heartless current benefit's policies and structure.
But he did promise the case would be looked at.
"Leader of the House David Lidington announced today that he would ask the DWP to take a fresh look at the case after a request from Redcar MP Anna Turley."
"Mr Lidington said: ‘Clearly human beings in any organisation sometimes take decisions that get things wrong. 'And I will ask the Work and Pensions Department to have a look at the particular case she has described.’ The decision comes after Ms Turley told the Commons: ‘Will the Leader of the House undertake a review into this individual case? 'Will he also undertake to take stock of six years of brutal welfare reform and look at the way the DWP treats its most vulnerable constituents?’
In Mr Brown's case it appears he was "having a hard time from a woman at the dole."
How you are treat by civil servants has always been a mixed bag.
It may depend on your appearance, your standing, your age, your skin colour and more; it may also depend on who is assigned to you.
If you have the civil servant from Hell they may treat you in a mean fashion for various reasons;
I say this having worked in local benefits for around seven years in slightly kinder times.
The member of staff according to David Brown was rude to him and belittled him.
He did not want to become a burden on his family so imagine what the threat of sanctions did to this young man.
"I Daniel Blake" includes the dreaded DWP job's worth who seems to perversely enjoy the pain of others. The government are not happy with "I Daniel Blake" for many reasons. They claim it is not realistic and demonises some civil servants.
Sadly the suicide of David Brown highlights that "I Daniel Blake" is realistic.
Some of the most vulnerable people of the UK have been made poorer by the Tories since 2010. The government has used a fake austerity story to push through vicious Tory ideas and ideals.
The wealthy have simply laughed all the way to the bank.
Tory Ministers may make the right noises as far as condolences for the family of David Brown but it is more talk.
They continue to talk the talk but fail to walk the walk on common decency.