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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:

The following tweet sums up the feeling across the country well, I imagine:

Yes, indeed. You can see for yourself what Jade Ashton Mills means by following Rachael Swindon yourself – and offering financial support if you think she does a good job showing up the Tory government for what it is.

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