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The kindness of friends and strangers

When a claimant fails to be awarded PIP, you'd think that might be a straightforward thing to happen, but not at all.  You see an award of PIP entitles and leads the way to other benefits help, which when PIP is not awarded, they simply fall away.  The lady in question, a double amputee, with a serious illness on top of that, had applied to transition from DLA, Disability Living Allowance, which she had been in receipt of for some years, to PIP, Personal Independence Payment, which the Government brought in to replace DLA.  (There is no choice in the matter, once you are 'invited' to apply for PIP, you cannot choose not to do that and remain in receipt of DLA.  Once your invitation date has passed, your DLA payments stop).  Increasingly we are seeing more and more seriously ill and disabled people, dependent on specially adapted vehicles, as was the case with this lady, having their cars taken away from them.  This for her means that as well as the money she'd come to rely on to survive, her means of getting out of the house will be gone, so she will become housebound.  She is appealing that decision thankfully, but as it takes so long to be resolved, it is highly likely that her specially adapted car will have to go back before she can get this resolved.  This week she and her family are being fed by her friends that have stepped up to help her, and next week it would be the foodbanks for help.  We agreed to send her £100 so she could buy some much needed food and other items, for which she was extremly grateful.

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