Pensioner blasts Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits – two days after he died

News

Written by : Dan Bloom

A pensioner has blasted Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits back – two days after he died.

Carol Acton, 68, was left “angry and lost for words” after receiving the shock letter while she grieved for her love of 12 years Geoffrey Elwell.

 

Retired HGV driver and electrician Geoffrey had crippling chest and spinal injuries after his truck flipped in a crash that left him temporarily dead.

Carol, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, said he couldn’t walk long distances, cook or shower without her help and had for years received Disability Living Allowance.

Yet 10 days before Christmas last year, he was awarded zero points in a humiliating assessment for the new benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

He appealed the decision in January – but three months later was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer.

Already diabetic and having suffered two heart attacks, 68-year-old Geoffrey moved to a hospice while he waited for a date for his appeal.

He died on June 21, two days before it was heard. Then on June 23 the appeal ruled his benefits should not just be awarded in full – but be backdated to January.

Geoffrey’s shocking case was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions this week by his local Labour MP Gareth Snell.

Yet despite sending her condolences to Carol, Theresa May defended the system, saying it means “we are able to focus payments on the most vulnerable”.

Read more : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/pensioner-blasts-theresa-after-partner-11332135

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News
Majority of Scots police officers want access to a handgun

Almost two-thirds of Scotland’s police officers want to have access to a handgun, according to new research. A survey by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) found that 64% of officers support such a move. The finding came as around an eighth of the workforce said they believe their existing personal …

News
DONALD TRUMP PLANS TOTAL REPEAL OF NET NEUTRALITY LAW THAT KEEPS THE INTERNET FREE

Written by : ANDREW GRIFFIN The US government is going to end net neutrality, a fundamental principle of how the internet works. Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic is treated the same. But the new ruling will allow internet service providers to block or slow access to specific …

News
These are the MPs who voted down legislation on animals feeling pain and emotion as part of Brexit bill

Written by : Joe Vesey-Byrne During debate on the EU withdrawal bill parliament rejected an amendment that would have inserted the legal status of animal sentience. The vote, largely on party lines, saw 313 MPs vote against including the legal recognition for animals’ sentience in the EU withdrawal bill. ‘Sentience’ recognises …