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I'm Struggling To Cope, Says Yorkshire Coast Woman With Chronic Fibromyalgia Who Has Had PIPs Benefits Stopped

Monday 10 February 2020


From UK newspaper the Bridlington Free Press:


Sophie Steward
Sophie Steward

I'm struggling to cope, says Yorkshire Coast woman with chronic fibromyalgia who has had PIPs benefits stopped

A young woman with a chronic pain condition says benefits bosses have taken away the money that was keeping her well.

By Sarah Fitton
Friday, 7th February 2020
©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sophie Steward, 27, was using her Personal Indepence Payments (PIPs) to pay for treatments unavailable from the NHS which she says helped her manage her fibromyalgia.

The condition means she can be in constant pain, exhausted and unable to stand for long.

But thanks to alternative medicines and therapies, Sophie was studying for a masters degree in wildlife conservation and managing to work 15 hours a week in McDonald’s.

That was until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decided that she no longer qualified for any PIPs, which are provided to help with some of the extra costs of a long term ill-health or disability.

“I have been struggling to cope ever since,” said Sophie, of Bridlington.


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