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Parkinson’s: Benefit removal ‘worst feeling’ of woman’s life
A woman with early-onset Parkinson’s disease said สล็อตโรม่าฟรี having a benefit payment removed was the worst feeling of her life and left her “really depressed”.
Lynsey Thomas, 42, had been given the personal independence payment (PIP) shortly after she was diagnosed at 35.
But the £335 monthly payment was removed after a reassessment last year.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it was committed to “ensuring people get all the support they are entitled to.”
Lynsey, who lives in Bridgend, spent months trying to get her PIP back and it was ultimately reinstated and backdated at a tribunal in November 2020.
There are now calls for people with Parkinson’s to be given permanent awards that cannot be downgraded, because the condition is degenerative.
Charity Parkinson’s UK Cymru said there was “little evidence” the DWP’s 2018 move to 10-year awards and “light touch” reassessments for people with “the most severe” conditions had a positive impact.
Lynsey told Wales Live she got a letter in April 2020 saying her PIP was being taken away completely after she had applied for an increase to a higher rate as her symptoms were getting worse.
“I was totally shocked and I was really upset and confused and just couldn’t believe it really,” she said.
“I felt like they were trying to say they didn’t believe anything I’d said in the assessment.
“I had to be put on lots of different medications for insomnia and depression and my Parkinson’s itself got worse so I had to get different medications on top of what I already was prescribed.
“I just felt really depressed and fed up and with lockdown happening everything was taking longer and I felt just the worst I’ve ever felt in my life, really.”
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