A pensioner who cares for her brain-damaged teenage granddaughter worries they could lose their home because of benefit cuts as she goes over to Universal Credit.
Jean Godfrey has brought up Emily Lydon, who has the human kind of mad cow disease since she was a baby. The 19-year-old’s condition started in the womb when her mum, Sally Evans, became one of the first Britons to get the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
It attacked both her brain and that of her unborn baby. Sally died aged 24 in May 2000 when her child was only seven months old. Emily is unable to walk, talk or feed herself and is dependant on her grandmother.
However last month Jean, 68, was told their joint income would be cut from £720 a week to £400 as they went to Universal Credit and because Emily had turned 19, and the benefits they have lost include Support for Mortgage Interest, which was stopped in April this year and succeeded by a loan, Child Tax Credit, Special Guardianship Allowance and Child Benefit.
But government failures let mad cow disease into the human food chain, killing Jean’s her daughter and brain-damaging her granddaughter. Jean has spent 20 years caring for her granddaughter Emily and now these benefits could make them homeless.
Emily can’t talk or eat and a syringe has to be used to pump food into her stomach through a tube. Emily is doubly incontinent and can’t walk which Universal Credit officials know about, but the Department for Work and Pensions responded that Emily was no longer eligible for child benefits as she had turned 19.
After checking her claim, it was found she was eligible for Employment and Support Allowance of £328 a month, which is being backdated, in addition to £58 a week Universal Credit. But it means Emily will still be £245 a week worse off and Jean worries they may lose their bungalow in Newark, Notts.
It requires £150 a month for heating oil, so if she heats the house they can’t eat, and she still believes they will lose their home, and Jean said that despite Emily’s condition, she’s still been asked to attend a work and capability assessment at her local Jobcentre.
The DWP announced in a statement: “As Emily has turned 19 and left full-time education, she is no longer eligible for child benefits,” and presently Emily gets Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments.
The Department of Employment and Support Allowance stated that they have ensured she is getting the right support, and have backdated all payments, and that this has been related to Emily and her grandmother.
Relating to the work capability assessment, a DWP spokesperson added: “As Emily has a severe disability, she will not need to attend any further assessments.”
These are the direct results of a ruthless, cruel government and an inept cow, Theresa May with her immoral Tory party belt-tightening tactics, and being seriously disabled doesn’t come cheap, there are hospital appointments that require a taxi, the equipment required to feed Emily and the feed itself, and any medications that the free prescriptions don’t cover, the adult nappies, the additional electric and gas, it all adds up.
And then there are the Conservatives who are supposed to be the caring party, the only people they care about is their own, the rich who they make sure get richer.
I would like to know how they managed to convey these details to Emily, and the treatment of disabled people and their carers has got to be illegal. This government may as well be giving out lethal injections to all disabled claimants, better still, charge them for the injections, then inform disabled claimants they have to use them as it will save the government money.
I’m sure there will be a few knighthoods or Lords titles on offer at a later date for their noble endeavours, and it’s sickening how disabled people and their carers are made to suffer like this.
Thirty lives are lost each month due to benefit cuts, this is so crazy. Yet we spend so much money overseas, and money is leaving the United Kingdom to support other nations, but how many begging adverts do you see every hour on your TV each day to help out people in other countries, yet our government put our most defenceless and disabled people into such a mental state that they can no longer go on.
The overseas support has become a farce with India using £330 million on the worlds largest statue, yet we still give them aid money, money that would be much better spent on helping our disabled and vulnerable, and these corrupt people don’t care about the sick and disabled, they’re turning human beings into claim numbers and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Didn’t the government announce that austerity had ended? If this is correct, then the government can stop freezing pensioners and starving children, and instead of our taxes going towards royal weddings and funding MP’s expenses for such things like light bulbs it should be going towards our sick and disabled – what happened to our country?
This isn’t living, it’s existing while the wealthy always get wealthier and the poor are left to die.