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Seriously ill, emaciated man who was denied benefits by DWP dies

  • Thread starter Josh Halliday North of England correspondent
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Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

Stephen Smith’s case sparked outrage after his benefits were cut and he was told to find a job

A man with multiple debilitating illnesses who was denied benefits and deemed fit to work, sparking a national outcry over the government’s welfare system, has died.

Stephen Smith, 64, had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis and an enlarged prostate that left him in chronic pain when his condition made headline news earlier this year.

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