A disabled woman says she has had to survive by eating out of bins, after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) axed her benefits.
“I can’t go on like this”
Ann Cumberland-Quinn is a former nurse living with a condition known as paresthesia. It causes weakness in the arms and legs, which means Ann has to rely on crutches in order to get around. But even though a neurosurgeon said Ann uses her crutches “with great difficulty”, the DWP denied her disability benefits. The DWP told her she hasn’t “got proof of entitlement”.
The whole experience has pushed Ann to a desperate position. She told Cambridge News:
I have been living in my car. A friend took me in for two days then she’s moved on.
My neck is really killing me, sleeping in the car my neck locks. I told the doctor I was screaming in pain and I can’t put the chair down in that car because it’s an old car.
I’ve been going to garbage bins, anywhere… people’s houses at three o’clock in the morning and it is not very nice when I’m wet and my trousers are all wet.
I am incontinent both ends and I’m ashamed.
Read on...Support us and go ad-free
I can’t go on like this.
Decisions for PIP are made following consideration of all the information provided by the claimant and their GP or medical specialist, and anyone who disagrees with a decision can appeal.
Demonised for claiming benefits
It’s not just the DWP that has a problem with Ann claiming benefits. She says members of the public have accused her of being a ‘benefit cheat’. Myths about benefit fraud spread by some mainstream media have been linked to a rise in abuse against disabled people.
Ann is not an anomaly. As previously reported by The Canary, the Conservative-led welfare cuts have meant people all over the country are struggling to survive. Given that the UK is the fifth largest economy in the world, this is nothing short of a national disgrace.
– Sign the 38 Degrees petition to pause Universal Credit.
– Write to your MP, asking them to support scrapping Universal Credit.
– Read more stories from The Canary about Universal Credit.
Featured image via Pixabay
Do your bit for independent journalism
Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.
We need you to help out, if you can.
When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.
You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.
In return you get:
- Advert free reading experience
- Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
- 20% discount from our shop