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Woman with chronic MS refused PIP by DWP

December 5, 2017

Govt Newspeak

‘Sometimes I wake up and I can’t move’: Woman with chronic MS refused disability benefits by DWP

Aliie Harpham is one of 4,100 people with MS refused personal independent payment (PIP) last year – amounting to nearly a third of all sufferers who applied for the benefit, figures show

“I woke up one day and couldn’t see anything,” recalls Aliie Harpham, who discovered she had multiple sclerosis (MS) last year. “I felt completely paralysed, like someone had just pressed the ‘off’ button on my body. I had to lie in bed for a week. I thought I was dying.”

Now aged 26, Aliie is getting used to living with the incurable condition. But life isn’t easy. She can’t feel anything with her left hand, which makes it difficult to do simple things like tipping food…

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