For Lotte Ryan, a friend and fellow campaigner

Kittysjones here gives her fond memories of a treasured friend, and the details she left for her funeral. Kittys’ post also has an importance beyond that of the personal loss of her and the other people who knew Ms Ryan. It vividly describes the despair felt by a serious ill woman, who, despite her terminal illness, was still being pressured and hounded by the Jobcentre to go on the workfare, or else lose her benefit.

It would be bad enough if Ms Ryan was the only case. She hasn’t been. Other terminally ill people have also been blithely informed by the Jobcentre that they have been assessed as fit for work. So have those, who had died since their Atos assessment. And now MIke has also posted on his blog the case of another serious ill woman, again with cancer, who was told by the Jobcentre that if she survived, they would sue her for benefit fraud.

For the sake of other people like Ms Ryan, this has to be stopped. The DWP simply isn’t fit for purpose and the viciousness of its policies and sheer crass brutality of its staff are insults, which no one should have to put up with, and especially not those, who deserve care and tenderness in their final days.

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Lotte Ryan

The following is from my friend,Charlotte Ryan, who was expected to attend work interviews or lose her benefits just weeks before she died. This was written on December 12, 2014:

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…

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One Response to “For Lotte Ryan, a friend and fellow campaigner”

  1. Bill Kruse Says:

    It looked to me like this was a case of clerical error, whether by the DWP or Prospects Bristol I couldn’t say. It seems to me they thought this poor girl was on JSA from reading their letter. Either way, it was the DWP or their hired hands so ultimately responsibility lies with IDS. We don’t know, however, if the DWP or Prospects Bristol were approached about this – for all we know whoever sent that letter might themselves have been horrified to discover they were sending it to a cancer victim at all and worse a clearly terminal one at that. Why aren’t we told anything about that? Did her MP make any comment? Were they even approached? There seem to be some serious omissions from this post. This doesn’t appear to be a case of the DWP hounding this poor girl, rather it just seems like dumb error. To say she was expected to attend work interviews is misleading when one considers that. Surely a phone call could have sorted this out? Was one made? If not, why not? And why aren’t we told?

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