From Mrs Jo Hardy-Bishop, Shanklin:

Let me get this right: a man with a history of mental health problems threatens to commit suicide after waiting nine weeks for Universal Credit to be paid (court case, CP, 28-12-19).

He has had to borrow money in order to survive. In his frustration and despair, he head-butts a glass door risking severe damage to himself. Result: a fine of £45 costs with a £20 surcharge.

Am I missing something? Even the prosecution acknowledged “he was in a very distressed state and seeking help” at the time.

Where is the professional support he needs? How is a fine going to solve his problems?