Tommi Miller at Addenbrooke's Hospital in December last year.

Tommi Miller at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in December last year [Image: Cambridge News].

What use is the government’s claim that cancer treatment is improving, if it only subjects sufferers to the increased stress of having their benefits withdrawn?

If the Coalition Government doesn’t know that this can be fatal on its own, then the BBC (Panorama, ‘Disabled, or faking it?’ c.July 30, 2012) can provide proof.

Meanwhile, we’re going to get more stories like this, from the Cambridge News:

“A 7-year-old Cambridge boy is battling with a devastating cancer – but his disability benefits have been stopped forcing his mother to go without food.

“And devoted mum Ruth Miller, 39, has faced eviction and struggles to pay for heating as she and her husband Kevin, 42, of Thorpe Way, Abbey, have been battling with the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) since May for disability living allowance for their son Tommi.

She said: “It is seriously a joke. I think [they] just want to get out of paying us what we [were] entitled… In the meantime we have nothing to live on. Kevin hasn’t been able to go back to work due to school runs and my other daughter needing emotional support.

“Also, without a vehicle I have to take Tommi out in all weathers. They just really don’t care. I am fed up with battling them. I’ve got no energy or fight left in me.

“We are still living on nothing. Tommi is home now but having daily radiotherapy and reviews so it’s almost impossible to eat even, I’m so sick of worrying every week with no shopping money. I just can’t believe it. He was entitled to it [DLA] for a year after treatment but they stopped it all and even more so now he has relapsed.”
Read the full article on the Cambridge News website.

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