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It’s a damning indictment of government welfare policy when the mother of a disabled child says state benefits will not cover her child’s needs – and then the government still decides to review whether she should receive them.
“My daughter has a progressive incurable condition and after being told to [do so] time and time again, we applied for DLA,” writes Rebecca Brooks-Weir on the Vox Facebook page.
“Six years into receiving the benefit we received that letter – the one claiming an investigation to review whether I’m spending the money properly.
“I got it today and returned it today… I am shocked and sickened at this letter. I have only ever used the money to support my child and have spent thousands more on her needs because of her disability – like the DLA is even enough!
“Who are these people… MONSTERS!”
That letter would be the BF57B, which goes out to every parent or guardian in receipt of DLA when they renew their claim. The form it contains must be signed before the claim can move forward. It demands that the person signing must agree to a review of their role as parent or guardian.
Ms Brooks-Weir is now living in fear that the government will take away her child, if an office-dwelling pen-pusher decides she is not properly spending the pittance she receives.
I already covered the contents of the letter in ‘Children targeted in latest government attack on the disabled’, so you’ll already know how vague the Department for Work and Pensions’ (yes, them again) criteria are.
This is the sharp edge, folks. Will good mothers lose their children because of the arbitrary value judgements of an out-of-touch regime?