Dying dad deemed fit to work left with just £15 a week – but has the DWP done its duty?

Darryl Nicholson: Short-changed by the government.

Has the Department for Work and Pensions really followed its safeguarding rules for people whose health could be in serious danger here?

Is Mr Nicholson receiving “fit notes” from his GP, or has the doctor been told not to issue them any more because the patient has been classified “fit for work” and the government now lies about whether those letters are still necessary?

I’d like answers to these questions but of course the DWP does not comment on individual cases.

And there are now so many individual cases that it is impossible to keep informed about them all, let alone comment on them.

A dying dad told he was fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions was left with just £15 a week to live off after his benefits were cut.

The 47-year-old, who could only have two years left to live, has stage three emphysema. Darryl Nicholson also has bronchitis asthma, anxiety and depression.

He was receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA) but after attending a mandatory work capability assessment the DWP deemed him fit for working.

Darryl, who tragically lost his wife to cancer, underwent a mandatory reconsideration which was rejected and he is now awaiting a tribunal.

While on ESA, Darryl received £474 per month directly into his bank account. But after being put on to Universal Credit his money has been halved, receiving just £236 per month.

After paying £48 for his phone bill, £60 per month for electric and £10.37 for gas, Darryl is left with around £15 per week for food.

Source: Dying dad deemed fit to work by DWP left with just £15 a week after benefits cut – Birmingham Live

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  1. Terminator May 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    £236 a month that’s less than £55 a week if he was on UC he would get £73.10 per week, are the DWP saying he was paid £474 after the decision was made and they are making him pay it back. If that is the case and he wins the appeal any money they claim he got in error after the decision will have to be paid back to him.
    That’s a problem with the Tory Con (Mandatory Reconsideration) they say they overpaid the claimant and make deduction from their benefit to reclaim it.

  2. SteveH May 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    What chance does the poor claimant have?

    Nursing body failed to deal fairly with PIP assessment complaints, says regulator
    A regulator has found widespread mishandling by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of complaints it has received about the way nurses working for government contractors have carried out disability benefit assessments.
    In an annual review of the NMC, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) found that nearly every one of the 28 complaint cases it examined in detail showed potential for undermining public confidence in its work.
    It said NMC’s failure to deal fairly with complaints about nurses carrying out personal independence payment (PIP) assessments had “significant implications” for the system that decides whether nurses are “fit to practise”.
    And it said these failings had had “a significant impact on the fairness, transparency and focus on public protection” of NMC’s fitness to practise system.

    • Mike Sivier May 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      I did an article about this myself.

    • Jeffrey Davies May 6, 2019 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Oh dear the nurses Union is only goal is to get it’s dues off its nurses sacking em will keep those in power poorer

  3. Rik May 6, 2019 at 12:17 am - Reply

    This Govt is worse than vermin . . how the f*** are they getting away with all this crap everyday? ?
    They should be hauled to court & be held to account
    but no, this will never happen as they are above the law . . . seriously

  4. Jeffrey Davies May 6, 2019 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Ah that old atkion t4 keeps rolling along with out much of a ado

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