Benefits bosses ask dead man from Milton Keynes to prove he’s eligible

Karen Dayton
Karen Dayton

A man who died after being pulled from Bletchley’s Blue Lagoon has been asked to attend an interview to prove why he should be getting benefits.

Grieving partner Karen Dayton was devastated to open a letter addressed to the late Paul Allsop on Friday – two months after his death.

“I have been in tears all morning about it,” said Karen.

“They’re saying Paul has to attend an interview – well, he’s dead so he can’t!”

The letter was sent by ATOS Healthcare, which provides independent assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

According to the letter, Mr Allsop must attend a meeting on October 10 to prove he should continue getting benefits. Mr Allsop suffered a heart attack while playing with his grandson at the Blue Lagoon in July. He had swum out to retrieve a ball from the water when he got into difficulty and had to be dragged out by passers-by.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “We are sorry for any distress caused and we are apologising to Mr Allsop’s family.

“This letter was sent in error and we are reviewing our processes to stop this happening in future.”

ATOS apologised and said they did not intend to cause anyone any distress.