We are genuine not scroungers
I WRITE further to your story about Timothy Howle and his benefits being stopped (Sentinel, May 15),
I am in a similar situation.
I have arthritis in my feet and I had to have the right one operated on in October last year. I am still recovering and it could take until October.
My Employment Support Allowance benefit was stopped in April because of this stupid 12-month rule. I have appealed against the decision but am still waiting for the result.
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It's scandalous that genuine claimants are being tarred with the same brush as those that "bluff" it.
I wrote to my MP to make them aware of the situation. I might as well have written to Santa Claus.
If I had known that this 12-month rule existed, I would not have had surgery, collected the prescriptions, or reported my condition GPs.
This is the first time I have been on long-term sick, and after all those years of paying national insurance, I wonder if I'd be better off living on the moon.
We have outgoings that amount to more than what's coming in and I fear for the future. Adding to this, my condition is worsening and the DSS need further proof and that comes at a cost.
This country is on its knees and the Government doesn't have the bottle to help it up.
As with many other genuine cases and Mr Howle, I hope that you are all sorted soon.