Deaths and Austerity Share or tweet a selfie of you with your tile
Each ceramic Gingerbread figure represents a person killed by the harsh and cruel programme of ideologically driven austerity cuts implemented in the last 6 years. The devastation inflicted upon our health and social welfare systems kills people every day and over 30,000 lives have been lost through the underfunding of the NHS alone. A recent article in the Guardian newspaper reports that; "2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 shortly after being judged “fit for work” and rejected for the sickness and disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). We also now know that 7,200 claimants died after being awarded ESA and being placed in the work-related activity group." The Gingerbread People are laid in a traditional death pose with arms crossed over their chests. A symbol that indicates that these cuts affect people from all walks of society, whether they happen to be too old, too ill, or unfortunate enough to experience difficulties in their life.