Liz McInnes MP, in Parliament.

It’s good that these stories are coming to light at the same time as Parliament is publishing reports about the effect of PIP on disabled claimants.

My own sentiments on this case echo those of Guardian journalist Frances Ryan, who tweeted the following:

Well, Tories? Which is more relevant? The qualification or the disability?

A woman with a rare and debilitating disease had her crucial disability benefits stopped ‘because she had a degree’, MPs heard today.

At today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Liz McInnes raised the case of her constituent, Natasha, who has fanconi anemia – a genetic bone marrow condition which carries a very high risk of cancer.

Ms McInnes said: “Natasha was on lifetime disability allowance, which was removed following a PIP assessment. When Natasha appealed, she was told that because she had a degree, she doesn’t need as much support.”

Of 526,000 DLA claimants reassessed for PIP up to October 2016, 21% were rejected and 23% ended up worse off financially. Others ended up better off financially under the system.

Source: Woman with rare and debilitating disease had crucial disability payments removed ‘because she has a degree’ – Mirror Online


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