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ME Support Call After Scottish Sufferer's Benefits Stopped

Friday 19 May 2017

 

From Scottish newspaper the John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier:

 

Sally Crowe
Sally Crowe, pictured in 2012 before her illness,
wants more to be done to help ME sufferers.
(Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios)
 

ME support call after sufferer's benefits stopped

Published: 17/05/2017

A KEISS woman who suffers from chronic exhaustion and has not been able to work for five years has had her benefits stopped after being ruled fit to work.

Sally Crowe has been left almost housebound after being struck by myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – also known as chronic fatigue syndrome – which means she is no longer able to work at her croft.

However, assessors from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ruled that despite having the illness she is still fit to work and have stopped her benefits, resulting in her relying on the help of her retired parents to get by.

 

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Sally responded to the article with a clarification on Facebook:

 

Thursday 18 May 2017

Front page of the courier yesterday.

Im finally home and have read the full article, it doesn't make clear that it was 2 years ago i was judged fit to work. It doesnt make clear that i chose not to pursue the appeals procedure as it is so stressful. As most of you know at the time i had the assessments mam was still in Aberdeen after her brain tumour was removed. I discussed it all, a lot, with dad and he agreed with me that the stress of it all was making me ill. Luckily we own our croft and i have a small income from it, very very small. And luckily i dont live a flashy expensive lifestyle.

Its still a struggle though. Its not easy to live of the little i do, but i manage, im tight, and i like finding a bargin when i need something.

Overall its a good piece in the paper, this snippet however isnt i dont think.

 


 

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