It seems appropriate to post this after Iain Duncan Smith gave his extremely skewed and dishonest speech to the Conservative Party conference. Here’s what’s really going on:
A YOUNG disabled woman has been forced to turn to food banks and crisis loans to survive after the Department for Work and Pensions slashed her benefits and stopped her partner’s Carer’s Allowance.
Katie Davidson, 21, suffers from a range of mental and physical disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, joint hypermobility syndrome, which causes her a lot of pain and restricted movement, panic attacks, depression and anxiety.
For the past two years she has been receiving £82.20 a week on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) enhanced care rate as well as the standard mobility payment of £21.80 a week.
Her partner and full-time carer Martin Laird, 23, was also in receipt of £62.10 a week in Carer’s Allowance because she needs round-the-clock care.
However, after a DWP assessment, Katie got a letter saying that her PIP enhanced care payment has stopped and her partner would no longer get Carer’s Allowance to look after her, which means the couple are struggling to make ends meet on £87 a month.
The DWP said the reason for Katie’s benefit cuts was that she told the assessor she was able to carry out eight out of the 10 criteria and only had problems preparing food and engaging with people face-to-face. However, both Katie and Martin say this is not true and they did not say this to the assessor.
Katie’s mother Morag fears the distress of the DWP decision could push her daughter to the edge of despair.
Who do you believe? The DWP or the claimants? And what do you think of the mother’s concerns?
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