Content warning: this episode includes some disturbing stories of people who have died after having their benefits cut or withdrawn by the UK Department of Work and Pensions
This week we're looking at the ways in which the UK Department of Work and Pensions surveil benefit recipients.
You can find out more about the DWP's surveillance here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4395/shedding-light-dwp-part-1-we-read-uk-welfare-agencys-995-page-guide-conducting
You can find out more about the DWP's alogrithims here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4397/shedding-light-dwp-part-2-long-days-journey-towards-transparency
You can find out more about each of the cases of people who died after their benefits withdrawn below.
Errol Graham: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-51283186
The 5,000: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/16/people-died-benefits-error
Jodey Whiting: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/jodey-whiting-dwp-continued-to-phone-woman-who-took-her-own-life-inquiry-finds/
Phillipa Day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-55826996
David Clapson: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/03/victims-britains-harsh-welfare-sanctions
If you're having problems navigating the UK's benefits system Citizen's Advice is a good place to go for help and support: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/