Disabled man 'crushed by financial pressure' found dead at home

The Bolton News: Disabled man 'crushed by financial pressure' found dead at home Disabled man 'crushed by financial pressure' found dead at home

A DISABLED man was crushed by financial pressure in the weeks before his death, according to a friend.

Denis Jones, aged 58, was discovered at his home in Tarleton Avenue, Atherton, on December 1 after a friend became concerned about him after not seeing him for several days and called the police.

The death was recorded as due to natural causes but James McIntyre, a close friend, wants others to know that they are not alone in struggling to make ends meet.

He said: “Denis was like an uncle to my children and to see him suffering was horrendous. His benefits were cut five weeks before he died because he had returned a form late.

“He had served in the armed forces and worked his entire life until he became ill.

“He was dependent upon income support and without it he couldn’t heat his home or pay his electricity bill. He became dependent on food parcels and the generosity of friends but he was crushed under the pressure of it all.

“He tried to sort it out but he didn’t really know what to do and he didn’t own a computer so it is not easy when everything is online nowadays.

“It just seems like the cuts are starting to hit everyone really hard and as it gets into winter it is going to start affecting more and more people.”

Denis had worked as a bouncer in Oldham before moving to the area 20 years ago. He struggled to find work and as his health deteriorated he became dependent on benefits.

Mr McIntyre said: “He was hit by the bedroom tax as well.

“He couldn’t pay and got into arrears with his rent. People are getting really low and someone has to make a stand or more and more people will suffer.

“I just want others to know that they are not alone but really something should be done.”

Denis is believed to have family in Oldham but police and friends have been unable to contact them.

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11:39am Fri 13 Dec 13

Jim271 says...

Well done Ian Duncan Smith.

One Down, several thousand to go.

Shame on you.

Condolences to the family.
Well done Ian Duncan Smith. One Down, several thousand to go. Shame on you. Condolences to the family. Jim271

12:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

MarkP27 says...

Yes, congratulations Labour, Liberals and Conservatives in ignoring those in need. Probably too busy pretending that you do not want your 11% pay - rise to care!!!!!
Yes, congratulations Labour, Liberals and Conservatives in ignoring those in need. Probably too busy pretending that you do not want your 11% pay - rise to care!!!!! MarkP27

12:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Balboa says...

This article reports he died of natural causes, there is no evidence or comment from a coroner to even suggest lifestyle or financial pressure was a factor. With due respect, it is the comments of the deceased's friend who "assumes" the death was the result of other factors.

Why is everyone so keen to blame political parties?
This article reports he died of natural causes, there is no evidence or comment from a coroner to even suggest lifestyle or financial pressure was a factor. With due respect, it is the comments of the deceased's friend who "assumes" the death was the result of other factors. Why is everyone so keen to blame political parties? Balboa

12:47pm Fri 13 Dec 13

aardwolf says...

Jim271 wrote:
Well done Ian Duncan Smith.

One Down, several thousand to go.

Shame on you.

Condolences to the family.
Did you read the article? He died of natural causes, his family couldn't be a**sed about him and not reported were his numerous driving convictions for which he may have been paying fines for.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Well done Ian Duncan Smith. One Down, several thousand to go. Shame on you. Condolences to the family.[/p][/quote]Did you read the article? He died of natural causes, his family couldn't be a**sed about him and not reported were his numerous driving convictions for which he may have been paying fines for. aardwolf

1:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

cliff4treasurer says...

Once again the Bolton (not much) news lets down the people it purports to defend by not telling the whole story as the reporter was probably not arsed about leaving the office!
Once again the Bolton (not much) news lets down the people it purports to defend by not telling the whole story as the reporter was probably not arsed about leaving the office! cliff4treasurer

5:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

VIGILANTE VIC says...

Balboa wrote:
This article reports he died of natural causes, there is no evidence or comment from a coroner to even suggest lifestyle or financial pressure was a factor. With due respect, it is the comments of the deceased's friend who "assumes" the death was the result of other factors.

Why is everyone so keen to blame political parties?
WELL APART FROM THIS ARTICLE A LOT OF THEM ARE HYPOCRITES, PRETENDING NOT TO WANT THE 11% PAY RISE, CAUGHT FIDDLING THEIR EXPENSES, NEVER BEEN AFFECTED BY MASS IMMIGRATION AS THEY LIVE IN FANCY AREAS, RETIRE ON BIG FAT PENSIONS, ARE ONLY SEEN WHEN AN ELECTION IS DUE, AND I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE NOT ONE OF THEM WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE SUCH AS CUT BACKS, CONSTANT GAS AND ELECTRIC INCREASES, AND GENERALLY THE COST OF LIVING... THEY ARE NOT WORTH VOTING FOR WHICH IS WHY UKIP WILL GET MY VOTE NOW EVERYTIME THERE IS A CANDIDATE.
[quote][p][bold]Balboa[/bold] wrote: This article reports he died of natural causes, there is no evidence or comment from a coroner to even suggest lifestyle or financial pressure was a factor. With due respect, it is the comments of the deceased's friend who "assumes" the death was the result of other factors. Why is everyone so keen to blame political parties?[/p][/quote]WELL APART FROM THIS ARTICLE A LOT OF THEM ARE HYPOCRITES, PRETENDING NOT TO WANT THE 11% PAY RISE, CAUGHT FIDDLING THEIR EXPENSES, NEVER BEEN AFFECTED BY MASS IMMIGRATION AS THEY LIVE IN FANCY AREAS, RETIRE ON BIG FAT PENSIONS, ARE ONLY SEEN WHEN AN ELECTION IS DUE, AND I CAN ALMOST GUARANTEE NOT ONE OF THEM WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE SUCH AS CUT BACKS, CONSTANT GAS AND ELECTRIC INCREASES, AND GENERALLY THE COST OF LIVING... THEY ARE NOT WORTH VOTING FOR WHICH IS WHY UKIP WILL GET MY VOTE NOW EVERYTIME THERE IS A CANDIDATE. VIGILANTE VIC

10:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

im sorry but blaming the council is a joke

this man had family, they should be ashamed at themselves that they did not help or he did not trust them enought to help him

the only people at fault here are the family, they let him down and he payed the ultimate price for their negligence
im sorry but blaming the council is a joke this man had family, they should be ashamed at themselves that they did not help or he did not trust them enought to help him the only people at fault here are the family, they let him down and he payed the ultimate price for their negligence getajob123

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