“DWP Docking Benefits Left Me Starving And Cold”

Posted: November 11, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Same Difference

A VULNERABLE disabled woman said she has not eaten properly for almost three weeks, after her benefits were docked when she failed to attend Job Centre appointments.

June Howland, from Darlington, said a combination of illness, her lack of mobility and the fact she lives alone made it impossible for her to attend appointments aimed at assessing her suitability to work.

The 42-year-old, of Auckland Avenue, said: “It has affected my health, I have not been able to eat properly and my house has been freezing.

“I have been laid on my couch under my duvet, without gas or electric, not able to get warm.”

Ms Howland, a wheelchair user as a result of operations many years ago, is unable to walk long distances and uses crutches to get around her home.

Her combined benefits amounted to £200 every fortnight, but the sanctions imposed by the Department for Work and…

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