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Disabled Stevenage man needs foodbanks to survive after benefits cut

A disabled man has been forced to rely on foodbanks to survive after going months without receiving benefits.

Friday, October 10, 2014
3:02 PM

Alan Ogden lives in Brent Court, Stevenage and suffers from Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, which affects a person’s breathing, and a fused right wrist which he cannot bend.

The 53-year-old applied for Personal Independence Payment, which replaced Disability Living Allowance, in October last year, and Job Seekers Allowance in August – but is yet to receive a penny in either payment.

Disability benefit delays criticised

Delays in paying the new disability benefit are leaving many people without enough money to afford essential living costs, according to a report.

Citizens Advice Scotland said people are waiting an average of six months between claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and receiving the payment.

This can have a knock-on effect on other benefit claims, it said.

PIP has been introduced in Scotland over the past year.

It is part of wider welfare reforms by the UK government, and has replaced the Disabled Living Allowance (DLA) as the main benefit that helps disabled people meet the costs of their basic daily living.

Tragedy of Liverpool mum who died penniless after her benefits stopped

Distraught family say Annette Francis, who suffered from severe mental illness, was let down by the authorities

A mum-of-one suffering from severe mental illness died without any money after her disability benefits dried up.

Annette Francis, 30, was found dead at her Garston home two weeks ago, leaving behind 11-year-old son  Kieron.

Her distraught family say Annette  was let down by the authorities in the  months leading up to her death.

At the time of the tragedy, Annette had spent six months without receiving a single penny in benefits, her aunt Ann Sorotos claims.