Woman with two terminal illnesses deprived of PIP for more than four months
Her MP asked the Prime Minister if it was fair for his constituent to lose her benefits and carer because assessment takes so long.
A woman with two terminal illnesses has been deprived of vital benefits for more than four months because the assessment process takes so long.
Sandy Martin MP told how his constituent Lynne Sherman has been deprived of not just the benefit but also a blue badge, bus pass and vital carers because the assessment takes so long.
The Ipswich MP told the Commons that Ms Sherman reapplied for her PIP on the 19th September 2018but did not receive a home visit assessment until 6th January 2019.
MPs in the chamber were heard to shout “shame”. He added: “She has still not received a decision on her claim.
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Theresa May replied: “The honorable gentleman has raised a specific constituency case and I will ask the relevant department to look into the detail of that case.”
Mr Martin asked Theresa May: “Does the Prime Minister consider it fair or sensible that in addition to losing her benefit Miss Sherman has also lost her blue badge, her bus pass and her carers.”
Earlier this month it was revealed more than 17,000 people died waiting for a decision on their disability benefit in the last five years.
DWP minister Sarah Newton said between April 2013 and April 2018, 17,070 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants died after registering but before the DWP made a decision on their claim.
Labour said it showed the “cruel and callous” assessment process creates a “hostile environment” for the disabled.