Coronavirus: disabled people are in danger of losing benefits while fighting the disease

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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4 thoughts on “Coronavirus: disabled people are in danger of losing benefits while fighting the disease

  1. hugosmum70

    i read that all assessments/re-assessments had been postponed till after the pandemic is over…… cant remember now where it was but on msn news online somewhere. there’s been so much information/misinformation and fake news given out though online its hard to know whats right and what isnt

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      That’s face-to-face assessments and reassessments. If the process has been started, claimants have to contact the DWP to discuss how to take it forward. But, of course, it’s very hard to contact the DWP due to the vast number of other people trying to make new claims. If contact isn’t made on time, DWP will probably cancel the claim.

  2. Stu

    The severely disabled were told almost a week ago to stay at home for 12 weeks with a promise of food parcels delivered by the army by today – how’s that working out?

    These liars are not your friend, they talk a good game but their words have no substance, rely upon friends,family and neighbours when you can as they are the only ones who actually care about your well-being.

  3. Random Bloke

    I would like to see someone put a spotlight on this.

    This is the list of those recognized to be “at risk” from the website where you register yourself or a loved one as vulnerable and requiring support after receiving one of those letters. It is a very limited list, if you or the person you are concerned for does not meet this criteria you are told they can’t help and given links to other information largely unhelpful.

    “You’re extremely vulnerable if you:

    have had a solid organ transplant
    have any cancer and are getting chemotherapy
    have lung cancer and are getting radical radiotherapy
    have cancer of the blood or bone marrow, at any stage of treatment – for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
    have any cancer for which you’re getting immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments
    have any cancer for which you’re getting a targeted treatment which can affect the immune system – for example, protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppression drugs
    have a severe respiratory condition – including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
    have a rare disease or inborn error of metabolism that significantly increases your risk of infection – for example SCID or homozygous sickle cell
    are getting an immunosuppression therapy that’s sufficient to significantly increase your risk of infection
    are pregnant, and have a significant congenital or acquired heart disease”

    This list contradicts the governments own advice regarding social distancing.

    Found here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

    “We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

    This group includes those who are:

    aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
    under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    chronic kidney disease
    chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    diabetes
    problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
    those who are pregnant

    Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice about the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

    People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

    people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
    people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
    people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
    people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
    people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)”

    Worryingly amongst those not present on these lists, which are many, include those with learning disabilities and/or severe mental health problems.

    I know parliament was due to go on break for Easter, equally I also get that the herd immunity they were banging on about is for plebs like your humble respondent only, but they have been on and on about working from home.. so what about them?

    Like when they had that mouthpiece Gove preaching about staying out of parks.. while being interviewed, bang smack in the middle of a park in London (lol)

    If you thought it was bad in Spain when the army discovered people in retirement homes abandoned (and passed on) how bad do you think it could get over here when our senior government is advised by a known Eugenist

    Volunteers however well meaning are still just the government doing things on the cheap, if we can’t test our medical workers what chance is there of them screening 500000+ persons for criminal records/history before unleashing them (some of which will unknowingly be carrying the virus as well) on the vulnerable community?

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