A terminally ill pensioner and lifelong supporter of the Conservatives has hit out at the Government for slashing her disability payment by £80 a week.
Cancer sufferer Susan Whitby’s financial support from the state has plummetted by more than half – from £135 to £55 a week – after she was reassessed for the controversial new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The ‘stressed, upset and extremely bitter’ Sidmouth resident, told by doctors she could have months or years left, feels she has ‘lived too long’ for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Mrs Whitby, 64, said she has paid more into her pension than she will ever live to take out and, with the cash instead going ‘overseas or to the wealthy’, she will never vote for the Tories again.
She has sent an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and East Devon MP Hugo Swire speaking out for herself and the thousands of others she says must be affected.
“The money I was on was just about enough,” said Mrs Whitby. “I’m going to be in treatment indefinitely. Apparently I’ve lived too long for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
“I’m sure there are thousands and thousands of others who don’t know what their life expectancy is.
“The Government will benefit from my pension – I won’t be here in my 80s. After all I have paid in, I deserve a little support now.”
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