A single dad named ‘Phillip Herron’ took his life after he discovered he has just £4.61 left in his account.
The 34 years old single dad was employed as a factory staff, but later he decided it was better he quit the job to take care of his 3 kids. When Phillip Herron quit his factory job, he began taking loans from numerous loan companies, even took payday loans.
Phillip took loans to pay rents, feed his kids, cloth and give them a comfortable life.
He only realized the mess he’s into when he discovered he has taken loans summing up to £20,000 and he was to pay 1,000 per cent interest. Coupled with the fact that he had a very big debt to pay, he was served an eviction notice, too.
When he thought about what life has thrown at him so far, he decided that the best decision was to take his own life so that he can leave those debts unpaid.
Moments before taking his own life on March 18, he shared a picture showing himself crying in his car.
When the news of his death got to him 54 years old mum Sheena Derbyshire, she was shocked and revealed that she was never aware of her son’s financial predicaments neither was she aware of those loans he took before his demise.
Her statement goes thus;
“In his suicide note, he said his family would be better off if he wasn’t there anymore.
“He was a single dad. He was responsible. He always had money before and the kids had the best of everything.”
The Department for Work and Pensions spokesman also released a statement which goes as thus;
“Our thoughts are with Mr Herron’s family.
“Suicide is a very complex issue, so it would be wrong to link it solely to someone’s benefit claim. We are committed to safeguarding vulnerable claimants and keep guidance under constant review to provide the highest standard of protection.”