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Outrage: Stoke-on-Trent MP Gareth Snell tells MPs how the Tories’ flagship PIP benefit was denied to a disabled man until after his death.

Mrs May’s response was to defend the system that failed Geoffrey Elwell so utterly.

After passing mealy-mouthed condolences on to the family of the deceased, she said the Tories had introduced PIP “to focus payments on those who were most vulnerable”.

Clearly, they’re not doing a good job of it.

The situation is a classic among those of us who know the kind of tricks the DWP carries out: Mr Elwell’s benefit was cancelled, and the result of his appeal delayed until after he died.

The result: A benefit saving going into the future. And was the backdated benefit handed over to his family, if he wasn’t alive to use it?

Was this what the DWP intended for Hazel MacRae, before her local newspaper raised such a public outcry that her own benefit (ESA) was restored?

This is nothing short of evil – a so-called “benefit” that in fact pushes disabled people into the grave. We should be taking the names of all those involved and preparing to try them for mass murder after a sane, Labour government is restored to office.

A Labour MP has told how his constituent died after a cruel benefit assessment denied him the money he was entitled to.

Gareth Snell, MP for Stoke-on-Trent, spoke in the House of Commons about Geoffrey Elwell whose benefits had been denied after he was moved over to the government’s new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system.

Mr Elwell was entitled to claim both the higher higher rate mobility payment and the standard rate for care due to his health needs under disability living allowance

But when he was moved over to PIP in October 2016 an assessor awarded Mr Elwell zero points meaning he was not eligible for any money despite his previous qualification.

In January 2017 he appealed that decision. Six months later on 21st June he passed away still without his appeal being heard.

Two days after he died the appeal awarded him posthumously higher rate for both elements and backdated it to January.

Source: Disabled man denied PIP benefits had decision overturned on appeal two days after he died


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