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Terminally Ill Claimant Fights To Raise Awareness Of Unfair PIP Reassessment Process

June 4, 2019

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

A claimant with only months to live who received a PIP review letter has vowed to fight to raise awareness of the unfairness of the system.

Ron Stevenson, 69, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease ten years ago. He is now almost completely paralysed and relies on help from carers and his wife. He receives the highest rates of PIP.

In spite of the fact that MND is a progressive illness, last month Ron received a letter telling him that a reassessment of his PIP would now take place and that if he did not respond he would lose his award.

Ron explained:

“The letter said if you do not reply then on 29 July your payments will stop.

“Obviously I’m aware that this is something that can happen, but it was still a shock.

“People with motor neurone disease never get better. There is only one outcome and that is death.

“Anyone with a grain of sense would’ve realised anyone paralysed and life limited as I am cannot be anything other than eligible.”

Ron contacted his MP and also obtained a DS1500 form, which states that a patient’s death is likely within the next six months, from his GP.

The DWP then relented, though still insisted that a further review would take place in 3 years time.

Ron, however, is fighting to raise awareness of the cruelty of putting people through the stress of reassessment when their condition is one which can only ever get worse.

Ron said:

“We were promised by the government that the reassessment for benefits would stop in 2016 – this has been broken.

“I’m working to raise awareness, we won’t stop fighting, despite the fact the disability is fatiguing.

“I have lost the use of my limbs, but I shall use my voice, while my friends can no longer.”

You can read more on this story in the Independent and in the Mirror.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2019 8:22 pm

    So incredibly sad that this happens.
    My Daughter was born with internal organ & external appearance defects (very rare) anything that’s in a pair, the right never developed properly. So half a right Lung, Half a Right Kidney (both malfunctioning) etc etc, shes had numerous surgeries & many many years of invasive treatments (depression inevitably follows) – Was given DLA from age 4 – For life…. Taken away at age 16 (Had to re-apply) We did & went through a terrible experience, having her experiences pawed over in a room by people shes never met, with NO understanding of the problems / defects she has, it was 2 hours of her sobbing uncontrollably. – We received an apology & was told she’d never have to go through that again – Then at 18 they wanted a reassessment – I mean – seriously, Do they think the organs had grown back???
    We made a decision NOT to attend & as such have had almost a decade of no help…. BUT we have our dignity.
    This Government should hang its head in shame!

  2. June 5, 2019 12:23 pm

    samedifference1 now pasting BSing fakery from the Course of Justice perverting Fraudsters at Unison/DWP loving Benefits And Work.

    How come “Advice” Fakes ‘Benefits And Work’
    https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/about-us

    still haven’t heard of –

    Criminal Justice Act 1988 – Torture
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/33/part/XI/crossheading/torture

    Criminal Attempts Act 1981 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1981/47/contents

    Fraud Act 2006 –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/35/contents

    Misconduct in Public Office –
    http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/

    Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 –
    Witness Intimidation –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1994/33/section/51

    Protection from Harassment Act 1997
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1997/40/contents

    Malicious Communications Act –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/27/contents

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/section/42/enacted

    Disability Hate Crime – Criminal Justice Act 2003 (section 146) –
    Increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability –
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/44/section/146

    “Journalist” samedifference1 already KNOWS all of that.. so what’s her excuse for not copying and pasting from here instead –
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-6-months-live-devastated-16224193

    “Do you have a benefits story? Email webnews@mirror.co.uk
    give them a try… samedifference1 will just ignore you… or make empty threats….

    STILL not even one little PIP assessment for samedifference1?
    how has samedifference1 managed that?

    If the criminal DWP vermin EVER get round to declaring samedifference1 ‘Fit For Work’ will she take the ‘curl up and die’ advice from her criminal filth DWP mates? yeah.
    No ESA? No UC? Rich???

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