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Benefits restored to disabled gran who tried suicide after being told she was fit for work

The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

A happy ending for a change – the DWP really is losing its touch.

Normally, we would be reading about benefits being restored only after the claimant has already died.

It is possible that the gran in this story was lucky because she had an MP who wasn’t a Conservative.

Of course she’s not out of the woods yet. The DWP has said she’ll be reassessed in two years, but the Department will undoubtedly do everything in its power to bring that date forward.

A disabled gran who tried to kill herself after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claimed she was ‘fit for work’ has finally had her benefits reinstated, after an SNP MP highlighted her case in Parliament.

The 60-year-old gran of six, who we’ve decided not to identify, was deemed well enough to work after being assessed for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by the private firm Maximus on behalf of the DWP.

She also struggles with arthritis and has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a long-term and chronic condition that causes pain all over her body.

Her case was brought to the attention of Parliament by SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who has welcomed the U-turn, after first being reported by the Daily Record.

The disabled Gran attempted suicide by taking pills shortly after receiving a letter from the DWP informing her that she had found ‘fit for work’, following assessment by Maximus, and that her benefits would be slashed.

The family has now been informed that the disabled gran’s ESA will be reinstated and that she will not face reassessment for at least two years.

Source: Disabled gran who attempted suicide after being found ‘fit for work’ has her benefits reinstated

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