Can you believe the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions denied Personal Independence Payments to a woman for two years, even though she obviously deserved it?
Sara Pollard-Dambach nearly lost an unborn child because of the stress of being reassessed for PIP – after which the benefit was denied her again. She had a haemorrhage and thought she had miscarried.
Luckily a hospital scan showed a heartbeat.
She has been wheelchair-bound for two years, in extreme pain, after contracting severe conditions.
She fell and fractured her coccyx at a play area in March 2017. Later on in July of the same year she had a tooth abscess and, according to doctors’ notes, her inferior alveolar nerve was damaged and 10 months later she was diagnosed with osteomyelitis – a serious bone infection.
This infection invaded her jaw and started eating the bone there. It also went into her coccyx.
In May this year she had her coccyx removed while also suffering with a painful pilonidal sinus (a small hole or tunnel in the skin that fills with pus) around the top of her buttocks.
Her husband Oliver runs a restaurant, and she usually runs the social media aspect of it – but both he and daughter Chloe had to take care of Sara.
This meant a huge drop in income, and PIP would have done exactly what it is supposed to do – help cover the extra costs incurred by disability.
She applied for the benefit in October 2017 – and never received it.
And now, it seems, she never will. At least, not while there’s a Conservative government telling the DWP to pretend that disabled people are fit and healthy.
Sara has said that she will not be pursuing her claim for PIP – for the sake of her unborn child.
Now that she is slightly better, her husband is working at the restaurant and she is also back at work, so the need isn’t as great.
But she and her family were forced to resort to food banks after the DWP made its original decision, and the local community raised cash for them as well.
So we have a case in which a woman was forced to resort to food banks because the DWP would not acknowledge her condition.
And then she nearly lost her unborn child because of the stress of a reassessment that should never have been necessary.
Cases like Sara’s are happening all the time.
People have suffered much worse – up to and including their own death.
And there’s only one way to stop it.
Regime change. You can bring it about on Thursday, simply by voting the Conservatives out.
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