Benefits restored to disabled gran who tried suicide after being told she was fit for work

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

A happy ending for a change – the DWP really is losing its touch.

Normally, we would be reading about benefits being restored only after the claimant has already died.

It is possible that the gran in this story was lucky because she had an MP who wasn’t a Conservative.

Of course she’s not out of the woods yet. The DWP has said she’ll be reassessed in two years, but the Department will undoubtedly do everything in its power to bring that date forward.

A disabled gran who tried to kill herself after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claimed she was ‘fit for work’ has finally had her benefits reinstated, after an SNP MP highlighted her case in Parliament.

The 60-year-old gran of six, who we’ve decided not to identify, was deemed well enough to work after being assessed for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by the private firm Maximus on behalf of the DWP.

She also struggles with arthritis and has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a long-term and chronic condition that causes pain all over her body.

Her case was brought to the attention of Parliament by SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has welcomed the U-turn, after first being reported by the Daily Record.

The disabled Gran attempted suicide by taking pills shortly after receiving a letter from the DWP informing her that she had found ‘fit for work’, following assessment by Maximus, and that her benefits would be slashed.

The family has now been informed that the disabled gran’s ESA will be reinstated and that she will not face reassessment for at least two years.

Source: Disabled gran who attempted suicide after being found ‘fit for work’ has her benefits reinstated


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2 thoughts on “Benefits restored to disabled gran who tried suicide after being told she was fit for work

  1. Steven

    After you’ve won like ESA /PIP appeals the DWPARASITES should be held responsible for the stress and the utter destruction they do to people and their families and should be compensated for this I never thought I would see another Government as bad as THATCHER but these animals are

  2. toocomplex4justice

    I asked DWP what my xmas gift is as cancelling all payments on xmas eve as they have done for 4 years was getting a bit samey. The next thing was they booked a DWp assessor to visit me. He said it was clear that I was entitled to high rate pip then left but dumped all evidence I had given. Then I received a letter notifying me that I would be contacted by the Independent assessor (ATOS) for a face to face assessment by one of their idiots. In other words the £22 pw awarded by tribunal is going to be taken back.
    Big deal ! My life is already reduced to a bedridden zombie. Ill just go into more dept What can they do? Fine me? You can’t get the knickers off a bare arse. Send me to prison? Yes please. Food,heat and contact with other people.
    One day justice will return and maybe I will recover from the harm done by making normal things like eating, staying warm and getting to medical treatment an impossibility

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