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Man, 60, has mobility benefit cut under PIP system despite suffering from severe arthritis

The Gazette Staff

An Independent MP has shared the plight of one of his constituents who’s been denied disability money despite having arthritis so severe the joints on his hands and feet are locked into one position.  

Independent MP Frank Field showed pictures of the 60-year-old former church minister’s hands to the Commons.

In the photos, the bones of the unnamed man, who is from Birkenhead, are seen to be protruding through his flesh.

In the photos, the bones of the unnamed man are seen to be protruding through his flesh

In the photos, the bones of the unnamed man are seen to be protruding through his flesh

In the photos, the bones of the unnamed man are seen to be protruding through his flesh

Mr Field said he was shocked that the man, who had struggled to walk into the room at his constituency office, has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but has been denied the ‘mobility element’ of PIP. Field added the man also faces losing his mobility car following the assessment. 

PIP comes in two parts and is worth about £150 a week.

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Mr Field, 77,  added that the man’s rheumatoid arthritis has been caused by an underlying condition he’d had for 40 years.

The changes to the man's disability allowance happened when he was transferred from older benefit DLA a few months ago. (The man's arthritis is so severe the joints on his hands and feet are locked into one position pictured)

The changes to the man's disability allowance happened when he was transferred from older benefit DLA a few months ago. (The man's arthritis is so severe the joints on his hands and feet are locked into one position pictured)

The changes to the man’s disability allowance happened when he was transferred from older benefit DLA a few months ago. (The man’s arthritis is so severe the joints on his hands and feet are locked into one position pictured)

His office also said the man has bronchial asthma and fell regularly.    

Speaking in an interview with The Mirror, Mr Field who resigned from the Labour Party in August 2018, said there was no cure for his constituent’s condition. 

‘He was recently awarded Personal Independence Payment after a reassessment. He was awarded full care but has lost all his mobility component. This means he will lose his mobility car,’ Field said. 

The changes happened when the unnamed man, who walks with two crutches, was transferred from older benefit DLA a few months ago.   

Independent MP Frank Field told the Commons that his unnamed constituent has been denied disability money, the mobility part of PIP

Independent MP Frank Field told the Commons that his unnamed constituent has been denied disability money, the mobility part of PIP

Independent MP Frank Field told the Commons that his unnamed constituent has been denied disability money, the mobility part of PIP

Mr Field asked DWP minister Justin Tomlinson if he could meet with him to give him ‘a file of photographs of constituents who failed to get any mobility component, even when they have feet with the bones coming through the flesh.’  

DWP minister Justin Tomlinson said he would be happy to meet with Mr Field.

‘But we do know that those who transfer from [old benefit] DLA to PIP – there are now 144,000 claimants who weren’t on enhanced mobility under DLA who now are under PIP,’ Tomlinson added.

Source : Mail Online

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