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UPDATE: Charlotte has now sadly passed away. She has left a beautiful message on Facebook which can be seen by clicking here.

RIP Lotte


From Charlotte Ryan:

“I have terminal cancer, my prognosis is 0-3 years and I was diagnosed in March 2014 with my brain stem glioma. In April 2014 I was placed in the support group* for 3 years and I have gone from being able-bodied to hopelessly disabled. I have many neurological deficits including diploplia, dyspraxia, dysarthria and dysphagia. To save you googling, this means that I have double vision and am going blind, I’m very clumsy and most days I drop everything I pick up, my speech is failing and one day I won’t be able to communicate verbally at all and I have such difficulty swallowing that I now have a feeding tube. I cannot leave the house alone and I’m at risk of choking and need 24 hour care. They speak of me going into residential care, but they hope to keep me in my own home for as long as possible. The trouble is degenerative, nothing will get better, only worse, the cancer can’t be cured. I’m 37.

Now. I can deal with all that. I’m alive! And I can still do stuff!! What I cannot deal with is that I am on the work programme! I received this letter today (too late to ring the WP) demanding I attend an appointment with the Work Programme on Tuesday or they’ll stop my benefits. HOW SICK DOES A PERSON HAVE TO BE BEFORE THE HARASSMENT STOPS?”

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* The support group is supposed to be for claimants who the DWP consider to have such severe health problems that there is no current prospect of their being able to undertake work or work-related activities.


Charlotte’s isn’t just an isolated case. Here’s lots more proof that sick people – including cancer patients – are now regarded by this government as malingerers:

Thousands of Cancer Patients Wait For Six Months or More For Disability Benefits

Cancer patients to lose up to £94 a week

DWP blames cancer patient for her illness

Mother’s plea for son who lost benefits after missing signing on because of cancer operation

Throat cancer victim – “this is not the England they fought and died for!”

Let’s be clear – Tory and Lib Dem MPs have decided terminally ill patients should work or starve

A soldier’s tale

40% of cancer patients can’t afford to heat their home properly

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy

Life in the PIP queue: One year and counting for claimant with cancer

Cancer sufferer left penniless after waiting six months for vital financial help

Cancer sufferer loses disabilty benefits appeal

Benefits office ‘treating me like a liar’, says Dundee cancer sufferer


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