DWP stops PIP for mum with brain cancer – because she isn’t dying fast enough?

Here’s yet another abuse of the benefit system by the organisation responsible for it.

The Department for Work and Pensions has stopped paying Personal Independence Payments of £140 per week to a mother with terminal brain cancer, because she has managed to survive for longer than expected.

Kathy Hill, of Buxton, was diagnosed as having a Grade Four brain tumour in 2017 and was given between six months and a year to live.

But she defied doctors’ expectations, surviving much longer alongside her son and their dog who, between them, are her stated reasons for continuing to live.

Unfortunately it seems the DWP has decided she has survived too long, and cancelled her PIP payments in August. She has been left to survive on Universal Credit and now says she feels housebound.

The DWP provides PIP to people under special rules if they have a terminal condition and their death can be “reasonably expected” within six months.

In this case, the government department said the award was cancelled because a reassessment showed her prognosis had changed.

But she is still expected to die of the cancer that she has.

It seems that, by cancelling the cash that helps motivate her, the DWP is trying to speed her on her way.

Source: Buxton mum with terminal brain cancer has benefits stopped by DWP – Buxton Advertiser

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  1. loonytoonz October 10, 2019 at 7:29 am - Reply

    If that was a story line in 1 of the soaps, the viewers would be ridiculing the plot line as being too far fetched, outright cruel and divorced from reality.
    Yet it is reality, cold, cruel, harsh reality for those of us seen as soft targets by the very people charged with the responsibility and duty to ensure the most vulnerable of us are protected.
    It’s sick, vile and they need to be held to account.

  2. Jeffrey Davies October 10, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Dear god in heaven I ask but here on earth we rule yet aktion T4 it’s happening to many people’s yet most say nay it’s not open your eyes look ask why there’s no Roger Peter or Ann missing they been taken lost their lives yet so many go unnoticed by the many open your eyes

  3. Joan Ramsay October 10, 2019 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    There is nowhere in the legislation that sets a length of time that you can live when receiving any benefit. My advice is to challenge this ridiculous decision, get your MP involved. This is just an idiot decision by the department.

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