Mother of man who was denied PIP became so stressed she smashed her car into a tree

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A woman has claimed she drove her car into a tree because she was “stressed” to the point of distraction after a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to deny her son Personal Independence Payment.

Deb McDonald tweeted that she had attended a meeting with representatives of the Citizens Advice Bureau in an attempt to get help, and her head was reeling so much afterwards that she collided with a tree.

She ended up waiting more than three hours to be rescued:

She said she had her own health conditions to deal with, besides those of her son, and that she was glad he had not witnessed her “panic attack”.

Ms MacDonald made no other details of her experience public, but her story makes it clear that the Conservative government’s punitive policy on benefits is causing harm – not only to claimants, but to their family and property.

In other benefits news:

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3 thoughts on “Mother of man who was denied PIP became so stressed she smashed her car into a tree

  1. Justin

    sadly this is the sort of thing dwp love, they do not realise how awful they are, I assist in cases and sometimes am so stressed myself knowing that I am looking at a case of incompetent negligence carried out by so called trained experts that I have to leave the case for a while, it boils down to no accountability for there actions, if this was in nhs most of them so called professionals would have been subject to disciplinary procedure, fitness to practice hearing and struck of, what does the dwp and capita/atos do, they investigate then say we learn from the mistakes and then do it again, high time they were subject to proper due process within law, this also applies to ministers and parties that support these actions, parliamentary privilege should be taken away and if there is wrong doing then ministers and advisors including civil servants should face criminal law and if that means a trial and ;locking them up then sling on the cuffs and throw away the key

  2. Rik

    I sympathize with this poor lady.. I really do.. I just got the dreaded brown envelope telling me that my dla will be ending & I have to apply for pip after 20 years as supposed to be dla for life.. also Ive had to fill in another form for esa
    which was so complicated my daughter had to help me.. ie picking up a box etc.. I recon they’re going to try to get as many people to apply as soon as possible before labour get into power.. every time I see May on tv on pmq smirking I think to myself F*****g Jesus how can she just act normal when 120 thousand poor souls & rough sleepers have died… she’s a bloody evil cow & that goes for a lot of her cronies MPs… serving the public my ass…. sorry but I’m p****d with them

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