Phillip Balderson was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer in 2013 [Image: cascadenews.co.uk].

This is the reality of the Tory policy on benefits that MPs like Wendy Morton simply refuse to face, and it’s easy to understand the reason.

If they actually admitted their policies were causing huge unnecessary misery to people who deserved peace in the last days of their lives, they would have to admit some rather uncomfortable facts about themselves.

And we know Tories can’t stand to face the facts.

A cancer patient died before he was able to appeal a DWP ruling that he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson’s heartbroken family will now challenge that decision at a tribunal.

The 46-year-old had worked at a Lake District hotel, but was diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also struggled with psoriatic arthritis , anxiety, OCD and a number of mental health problems.

Despite his difficulties, the Department for Work and Pensions summoned him to a health assessment in February 2017 and ruled he was no longer eligible for Employment Support Allowance.

They told him he had to look for work.

Mr Balderson, originally from Burnley, Lancashire, began appealing the decision.

But sadly died on June 5 before he could see the process through.

Source: Cancer patient dies before he could appeal the DWP ruling that he was ‘fit to work’ – Mirror Online


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