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DWP Forced To Apologise After Terminally Ill Claimant Tried To End Own Life

May 18, 2015

An extract from Welfare Weekly:

In October 2013 I was placed on the long list of people to have the dreaded WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT, whilst at the same time waiting for a decision on my daughters [disability benefit] P.I.P – she had been in receipt of disability benefit from the age of 5.

I finally had my assessment on 23rd December 2014, but had to travel around 14 miles each way. To this day I still haven’t received any official confirmation as to the outcome, so let me explain:

After not hearing for around 14 to 15 weeks I contacted the DWP, only to be told over the phone that I had been placed in the support group for 2 years. Great I hear you cry, well not really as firstly I am terminally ill with emphysema and with only 23% lung function. Secondly I’m in constant pain due to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

A few short hours later I received a call from a lady at the IB (Incapacity Benefit) reassessment centre in Wolverhampton, only to be told I should never have been placed on such a journey as my claim is only for my stamp, and saying that my partner claims for me.

It has caused me so much stress that I even attempted suicide in October 2014. I was told by the lady that I may even receive compensation for all of this, but I doubt it.

Full story here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2015 12:46 am

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

  2. jim strang welfare rights & employment law consultant permalink
    May 18, 2015 6:31 am

    i have concerns that the story from welfare weekly describes the claimant who was called for a medical oops assessment is described as terminally ill. his condition is a horrible disease but is the first person with this disease that i have ever heard of described as terminally ill. i am sure that people who have been informed they are terminally ill will be at best confused regarding this description for this man. terminally ill has a wide interpretation in the real world and a narrow interpretation in the dwp world. i salute him for bringing this to the attention of the general public. keep up the fight i say and great news for your daughter at her appeal. and i hope he is feeling a bit better now after his harrowing and needless experience at the hands of the dwp.

  3. May 18, 2015 5:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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