Man with neurological disability fights to get vital benefits back after Tories took them away

A man with incurable neurological conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome was told his benefits had been cancelled as the coronavirus crisis hit the UK.

Simon Noonan, of Renfrew, Scotland, was deemed ineligible for Personal Independence Payment in February, after receiving the benefit for a year.

But he only discovered his benefit had been cancelled at the beginning of April. Clearly nobody responsible had the courage to tell him – they just cut him off without a word.

Now he has been told he may contest the decision by the Department for Work and Pensions – while also dealing with the stress of trying to cope without the benefit during the coronavirus lockdown.

The loss of the vital income is affecting both his mental health and that of his partner, Sarah Brodie, who has lost Carer’s Allowance as a result of the decision.

Mr Noonan had to spend seven months trying to claim PIP before the DWP accepted that he was eligible, and he had been receiving it on a monthly basis when he was told he would have to undergo a reassessment at the beginning of the year.

This is highly unusual as PIP reassessments are not usually made so soon after a claimant starts to receive the benefit. People with conditions that are unlikely to improve receive awards for between five and 10 years.

Ms Brodie said the appointment lasted only five minutes and did not go into enough depth to assess his condition properly.

But he must now request a mandatory reconsideration, with a view to possibly taking his appeal to a tribunal.

And in the meantime the couple are in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, with no money and no means of getting any.

Source: Man with neurological disorder fights to get vital benefits back – Daily Record

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One Comment

  1. Jeffrey Davies May 1, 2020 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    These evil swines has whot ever one calls them they do this governments work for them it’s still going on isn’t it about time these so called MPs in the house of I’ll repute do something has their aktion T4 plans are culling the stock further

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