Terminally ill gran’s benefits slashed to just £6 a week after cancer news

A terminally-ill grandmother has had her benefits slashed to £6 a week following her cancer diagnsis.

Denise Bates, 50, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time at the start of this year – with doctors delivering the heartbreaking news that the disease was at stage four and there was nothing to be done.

The mum-of-five and gran-of-seven had been receiving benefits – but after undergoing a mandatory reconsideration for Personal Independent Payment (PIP) she was told she didn't qualify for it.

Denise, from Hazlewood, Newcastle, has been receiving palliative chemotherapy, has a palliative nurse and is now in a wheelchair, reports Chronicle Live.

Her daughter Terri Bates, 28, said: "They said she was no longer entitled to the benefit and the decision could be appealed, or she was to apply for Universal Credit .

"We have been in touch with them but nothing gets done.

"I don't know what they expect a terminally-ill woman in a wheelchair to do.

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"She can't go out to work when she can't even lift her head off the pillow.

"A palliative care nurse has provided a note to say she is terminally ill. I'm not sure what more they can want?"

She had been receiving £310 a month on PIP which is designed to help people have extra support with everyday life, but the money was stopped 10 weeks ago.

Denise, who has told doctors she doesn't want to know how long she has to live, still receives her Carer's Allowance and Income Support of £344 a month as she was looking after her son who has learning disabilities.

When bills are deducted, she is left with only £24 a month to live off, Terri said.

On the day of the assessment, the assessor came to Denise's home, where she was very unwell and in her pyjamas and wheelchair.

Claimant's need at least eight points in each section to receive the standard payment or more than 12 to be awarded the enhanced amount.

Terri criticised the assessment, which is carried out by a private contractor, and said the questions were not tailored to the individual's needs.


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