Written by : Dan Bloom
Epileptic people’s lives are being put at risk after thousands were rejected for disability benefits, a charity has warned.
Shocking figures show almost half the 15,000 epileptic people who received the old-style disability benefit have had their support axed altogether under the new-style Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Another 2,300 have had their benefit cut.
Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action, said the refusal rate was the highest of any condition.
He added: “Their physical and mental health are also being affected. Some people have even told us they feel suicidal.”
Louise Bolotin, 55, from Manchester, said she was made to feel like she had to “beg for every penny and prove I am not a scrounger” just to claim PIP.
She lost £307 a month overnight when she was reassessed as part of a transfer to the new benefit.
She said: “The assessment didn’t make any allowances for the risks I face in my day to day life. I could have a seizure at any time.”