Philippa Day was just 27 when she died (Image: Nottingham Post / BPM Media)
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A mum who took a fatal overdose at home was found next to a letter about her benefits claim, an inquest has heard.
Philippa Day was found unconscious with a letter from Capita about a PIP assessment close by, Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard.
The 27-year-old from Mapperley, in Nottingham, had taken an overdose in August 2019 and was in a coma until she died on October 15 of the same year, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
The inquest was also told her father Charles Day found notes on her laptop while she was in hospital after the overdose, with one directed at her mental health nurse which read “thanks Tessa for trying”.
Assistant Coroner for Nottinghamshire Gordon Clow is overseeing inquest into the death of Philippa, known as Pip.
Her family has claimed Miss Day's £228 weekly money was reduced to £60 after she applied for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
The inquest is being held in Nottingham
(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
The inquest heard that she applied for PIP payments towards the end of November 2018.
But Miss Day, who had agoraphobia, felt she "couldn't cope" with leaving the house to go to the appointment which was offered to her.
The inquest heard that when Miss Day posted the PIP application, she rang her father to say she was “pleased” and “very proud of herself”.
But when an appointment for an assessment came through for an early morning meeting in Derby in August, Miss Day was “highly distressed”, her father said.
Mr Day said the appointment would’ve been incredibly difficult to attend as Miss Day could not drive and found it difficult to get up early due to her medication.
He said: “The thought of getting to somewhere else to meet people she didn’t know would’ve frightened the hell out of her.
“She would view a meeting with the DWP as them trying to prevent her from getting benefits.
“Getting her out of the house was difficult enough as it was.”
The court heard that the letter stated if she didn’t attend the appointment without good reason, the DWP could refuse her claim.
Mr Day said: “That would have devastated her. She would have been angry and frightened, she would have been in turmoil. This was very much the sort of thing she would not be able to cope with.”
On August 7, Mr Day said he rang Miss Day and told her that the appointment would have to go ahead, and that he and Tessa Rand would be there to assist her.
He said: “I know she was incredibly upset about that. I think that was the final straw.”
He said he rang her again that evening but Miss Day did not wish to talk so they arranged to speak the next afternoon.
Mr Day said: “The following afternoon and I rang her and I could not get a response.
“We made the decision to go over and that’s when we found her.”
When asked by the coroner about how Philippa was found, Mr Day said: “She had insulin pens, she had a letter from Capita with regard to the meeting, she had the laptop and the phone.”
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He said as far as he could remember, the Capita letter about the appointment was found on her pillow.
A DWP spokesperson said: “Our condolences are with Miss Day’s family. As the inquest process is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”
A Capita spokesperson, the DWP's PIP assessment provider, said: “We extend our deepest condolences to Philippa Day’s family over her tragic death.
"We are one of several parties assisting the coroner in relation to the inquest into these sad circumstances and we will continue to cooperate fully with this inquiry."
The inquest will continue tomorrow.
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