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This is a serious concern.

The Department for Work and Pensions is in the habit of cutting off people’s benefit claims with the slightest excuse.

Claims have been cancelled because the claimants have suffered medical emergencies and were in hospital at the time – even before the coronavirus crisis began.

This Writer has already heard from someone who had to report to the DWP before a deadline – but failed to meet it because of the huge number of people trying to claim Universal Credit online or by telephone. That person’s benefit was cut off – but luckily it was subsequently restored.

Not everybody can count on that, though.

People on disability benefits may often be on medication including immuno-suppressants, which make them susceptible to Covid-19.

So it is entirely likely that they could fail to meet the reporting requirements – or indeed reassessment requirements – because of the pandemic.

And what if they need treatment for a prolonged period of time? People automatically lose benefits if they are in hospital for longer than (as far as I can recall) 28 days.

And in the face of these concerns, the Department for Work and Pensions has refused to provide any reassurance.

Past experience of the DWP suggests only one thing:

These bureaucrats will merrily strip the sick and disabled of their benefits, even if they are fighting for their lives against this killer virus.

Source: Coronavirus: Disabled woman fears benefits could be stripped while she fights COVID-19 – Disability News Service

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