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”.