Liverpool girl tells David Cameron ‘I hate the government for what it has done’ after her disabled mum stripped of benefits

Poppy Young with her Mum, Wendy

By John Siddle, Liverpool Echo

May 21 2012

A YOUNG girl whose disabled mum was stripped of her benefits and ordered to work wrote a heart-wrenching letter to David Cameron, telling him: “I hate the government for what it’s done to my mum.”

Wendy Young, 44, was declared fit to work by Jobcentre doctors, despite suffering from a severe spinal condition which often renders her unable to walk, arthritis and heart problems.

The Kirkdale mum, who was a field archaeologist before being struck down by ill health 14 years ago, was reliant on disability living allowance (DLA) benefits to support herself and Poppy, her 13-year-old daughter.

She is often left bed-bound and no longer has the strength to use her own wheelchair.

But, under the Government’s wholesale review of DLA, Mrs Young was deemed fit and healthy and told she is not eligible for Employment and Support Allowances (ESA) payments made to those unable to work because of illness or disability.

She was told the only payment she can receive is Jobseekers’ Allowance – which demands that she finds work.

It was only after the ECHO intervened that the Department for Work and Pensions agreed to reinstate her benefits.

Mrs Young said: “I am between a rock and a hard place. I would love nothing more than to be able to work but I simply cannot. I would not be able to manage a part-time job – some days I cannot walk up the stairs.

“The last time I ventured out on a ‘good’ day, I went to the corner shop, lost my balance and fractured my skull.

“I have been left suicidal by this disability. Taking away my benefit would be to take away our lifeline.”

Alsop high school pupil Poppy wrote to Mr Cameron after two appeals against her mum’s ESA assessment were dismissed.

The Liverpool Echo


3 thoughts on “Liverpool girl tells David Cameron ‘I hate the government for what it has done’ after her disabled mum stripped of benefits

  1. DAVID A SHAW says:

    OSA…MY ASS…………someone name and shame the morons who decided this woman was fit for work. Come to think of it name them all, and were they counter assistants at a burger joint prior to their employment by ATOS as medical advisers ?. This strikes of the grossest incompetence that can only have been mandated for a higher purpose. JACKBOOTS ANYONE ?

  2. John Hargrave says:

    Once again a disabled person is put ‘through the mangle’ by the DWP and had her benefits taken away. How distressing is this for anyone who is really disabled, it just doesn’t bear thinking about. Thankfully she has a very resourceful daughter who contacted both David Cameron and the local newspaper, to make her feelings known about her mum’s treatment, and with the help of the ECHO they ensured her proper disability benefits were returned. Think then about many thousands of other disabled people who have been judged as ‘fit for work’ when they are nothing of the kind. The Atos assessment is not fit for purpose, and needs to be sorted out – too many disabled people have died after being found ‘fit to work’, so just how far off the mark are Atos?

  3. jeffrey davies says:

    another one made healthy by atos whot i like to know is how long have they had jesus working for them as it seems to make a lot of people who pass through thier doors fit and by thier on words fit for work jeff3

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