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Joy Watson [Image: Joel Goodman].

This is what happens when you employ unqualified people to carry out important healthcare duties.

It seems unlikely the assessor in this case had any idea what Mrs Watson’s condition entails – nor would they have cared.

They would have had their tick-box computerised assessment to fill in, and a target number of people to shift off-benefit and into the gutter.

The fact that this was a woman who had been praised by former prime minister David Cameron is unlikely even to have been mentioned.

Mrs Watson was used as a public relations tool when it suited the Tories; now they want her to starve.

It is well-documented that Mr Cameron himself claimed Disability Living Allowance for his late son Ivan. After the child’s death, the Tories replaced DLA with PIP, which has a much harsher assessment system, intended to make it almost impossible for disabled people to survive.

It’s typical of the Tories: After they get what they want from a service, they close it to ensure that nobody else can.

A woman praised by David Cameron as an ‘ambassador’ for people living with Alzheimer’s has had her benefits stopped.

Joy Watson, from Eccles, has been left struggling to pay bills after an assessment by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decided she was able to look after herself. This means she has £400 less each month.

The 59-year-old, who was diagnosed four years ago, was forced to give up her job as a carer. But showing remarkable fortitude she became a champion for people with dementia giving lectures raising awareness, teaching nursing students and showing local businesses how to help those with the condition. Her efforts earned her a doctorate and praise from the former Prime Minister Mr Cameron.

Joy was assessed by a health worker from the DWP at her home in April following the recent government changes to move claimants on Disability Support Allowance to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

After this assessment, Joy’s support payments were stopped.

She appealed, but was rejected and returned an even lower score than the original decision. Joy’s Personal Independence Payments were stopped, and the Carer’s Allowance her retired husband Tony received for supporting Joy was also rescinded despite him caring for her round-the-clock.

Source: In a sickening insult a woman with dementia praised by David Cameron has had her benefits cut by Tories – Manchester Evening News

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