Benefits death family consider legal action

Mark Wood

Mark Wood

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THE family of Mark Wood, who starved to death months after his benefits were wrongly cut, are now considering legal proceedings.

His sister Cathie Wood is still calling for a personal apology and answers as to why the Department of Work and Pensions ruled the 44-year-old was fit to work in March last year.

Mr Wood, pictured, from Bampton, then had his benefits cut to £40 per week before he died of malnutrition in August weighing just 5st 8lb.

Mr Wood had obsessive compulsive disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, phobias of food, pollution, paint fumes, social situations, and cognitive behavioural problems.

The DWP admitted last week the decision is to be revised after receiving new evidence from Mr Wood’s GP.

Ms Wood, 48, of North Oxford, said the family was thinking about launching legal proceedings and would be donating any money Mr Wood had been due to get from the DWP to charities including Oxfordshire Welfare Rights.

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