Boy battling cancer has benefits stopped

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that cancer treatment is improving, if it only subjects sufferers to the increased stress of having their benefits withdrawn?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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11 thoughts on “Boy battling cancer has benefits stopped

  1. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7)

    Yesterday, I accused George Osborne of ‘unconscionable savagery’ because of the immense hardship and suffering that his welfare cuts have inflicted on Britain’s sick and disabled. The DWP are equally—if not more—heartless and inhumane. The DWP ministers are human rights criminals, in my opinion; certainly, they are human rights violators and will likely be found guilty, by the UN, of grave and systematic violations of the rights of Britain’s disabled.

    I will forward this shocking news story to senior UN officials and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

  2. casalealex

    If Cameron is really a human being, surely he of all people should know what this is doing to this young boy and his parents, and he should order IDS to rescind DWP’s heartless decision NOW!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      He won’t know anything about it and he’ll make sure that he stays ignorant of it, too.

  3. concernedkev

    When will the UN report ???? Not till after the election????????? This has gone on long enough. What is going to trigger a major reaction ????? Where are the TUC in highlighting this. No good asking media as they are too busy lobbying in Parliament to get Tory MPs to shut down Exaro News from pursuing their in depth investigation into Child Sex Abuse. Why would they be doing that one wonders ???? Thankfully there are some decent MPs who have reported it and not involved themselves. No wonder we can not get the plight of the sick, disabled and sanctioned claimants into the mainstream media and on the main TV channels.

  4. Mr.Angry

    My heart goes out to the little one and to his parents what must they be going through.

    Is there any justice in this world? The Tories are more interesting in getting funding from frackers and G4S than care for people of the UK.

    I truly hope that Mr Samuel Miller is right and that justice will prevail with these evil b**tards.

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