Sick and disabled hit hard by benefit delays
It is always very sad to hear about people in Stockport who are under great stress and suffering financial hardship. I have recently been contacted by people who have disabilities and long term illnesses who have been refused Personal Independence Payments or are not being paid their full entitlement.
They are having to wait on average about eight and half months for their appeals to be heard and are struggling with high levels of anxiety and massive money problems. Personal Independence Payments replaced Disabled Living Allowance in 2013 and are paid to some of the most vulnerable people in the country who have difficulty with daily living and getting around.
It is a disgrace that such deserving cases are having to wait such a long time.
In October, I co-signed a letter (below) from parliamentary colleagues to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to raise our deep concerns over the government’s two-child policy limit on Universal Credit.
I am delighted to hear that Amber Rudd has announced that the government will no longer be pursuing this policy. It is never right or fair to penalise.
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited Stockport Jobcentre Plus, based at Heron House in Wellington Street.
As part of her visit, Ann met local managers and discussed some of the issues which constituents have raised with her regarding Universal Credit, which is due to be fully rolled out in Stockport later this year. Ann was pleased to hear about the support offered to people looking for the right job, including events, training and the new Work Coach scheme.
Ann Coffey said:
“It is good to see that the Jobcentre staff are committed to helping people through the change to Universal Credit.”