Another story today of the stress that some people are under due to this governments war on welfare.
A MAN cut his throat with a knife in a Runcorn benefits advice office during an outburst about the bedroom tax.
An eyewitness, who asked not be identified, heard the middle-aged man say he was ‘sick of all this sh*t’ then watched him drag a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.
The wounds left him and the floor spattered with blood, the witness said.
Staff hit an emergency alarm during the incident.
It happened at about 2pm on Monday, at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea shopping centre.
Cheshire police officers have spoken to the man, who suffered ‘minor injuries’, about his wellbeing.
No criminal offences were reported.
Halton Borough Council said he was receiving support following the incident, as are Link staff.
The witness, who was waiting in line to see an adviser, said no other residents reacted to the outburst but that staff seemed ‘a little bit shocked’.
He said: “From what I could see, the bloke had gone to see an adviser.
“He was upset about the bedroom tax and wasn’t getting through and he started to cut his throat on both sides and threw the knife on the floor and he had blood coming from his neck.
“There was a lot of blood but it hadn’t come out of his artery, he wasn’t gushing out blood.
“He went through the side of his neck from his ear to the front.
“It would have needed medical attention.
“Everyone was just sat about normal waiting to go and see the adviser. I was in the queue. Nobody did nothing.”
A Halton Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident. The person concerned is receiving appropriate support and we are supporting our staff who witnessed the incident.”
So there you have it people. If you are having trouble because of the new Tory policies be it the bedroom tax or the WCAs, its ok, all you have to do to be acknowledged is to cut your own throat. Then and only then, you may actually get the support you need. Though I wouldn’t hold your breath.
My only worry is that during the ATOS work assessment evidence of cutting ones own throat may be used of proof that you can use your hands properly and have adequate hand and eye co-ordination and are therefore fit for work 😛