A severely ill kidney studious has been told his advantages could be stopped – since he perceived an word payout for harmful repairs to his home in a Cumbrian floods.
Neil Butler, who has dialysis 4 times a week, gets £100 a week in income support.
But a 51-year-old has now been told he’s now too rich to validate since of a word payout in his bank account.
He perceived a £10,000 initial payout for repairs to his home in Kendal, Cumbria, that is so badly shop-worn that it will be months before repairs can be finished.
But Department for Work and Pensions bosses wrote to Neil perfectionist to know since he had £6,000 in his bank account, and revelation him his income support would be stopped.
Neil was awarded £20,000 in remuneration after twice being flooded, in 2012 and again in Dec 2015 when Storm Desmond struck.
He used some of his initial £10,000 payout from 2013 to refurnish his home, though left a infancy of it in a bank comment since he claims he knew he would get flooded again and wanted to safeguard he had adequate income to understanding with those additional correct costs.
However, a month before he was flooded for a second time in Dec 2015, Mr Butler, who gets £100-a-week income support, perceived a minute from Job Centre Plus, seeking him to come to a assembly to plead since there was some-more than £6,000 in his bank account.
He pronounced he afterwards perceived a phone call from a Department of Work and Pensions and was told that he had 6 months to spend a income in his comment – or face carrying his advantages cancelled.
Mr Butler said: “The lady on a finish of a phone pronounced ‘I’m going to give we 6 months to spend your income differently I’m going to stop your benefits’.
“I suspicion ‘hang on, this has come from an word payout – they shouldn’t do me for carrying word money’.
“They could see a income had come from an word association though they didn’t seem to care.
“It’s positively crazy and I’m repelled that they could do this to me. It’s inspiring my health – we had to see a consultant about my blood pressure, though since I’m already on a limit volume of medication, he pronounced I’m only going to have to go by this as best we can.
“It has unequivocally got to me.”
Mr Butler is now vital in proxy accommodation with his partner, Theresa Ecob, in Kendal, and says that his home is so badly shop-worn that it will be months before he can use a word income to correct it.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron is angry during a approach Mr Butler is being treated.
“It is intolerable that a supervision is seeking to mislay income support from somebody who is on dialysis and can't work, only since they have had a set-back of being flooded,” he said.
“Flood word payouts are to recompense people for inundate repairs – this should not impact their eligibility for income support if they are incompetent to work due to illness.
“To secrete income support payments like this is to inflict serve wretchedness on an ill chairman for a set-back of being flooded.”
“If a supervision wants to uncover it is compassionate, it contingency urgently examination this box and a law behind it.”
A orator for a DWP said: “We have a avocation to safeguard taxpayers’ income is spent reasonably and goes to those who need it a most.
“In line with a law, we negligence income from word payouts for a duration of during slightest 26 weeks so claimants can make suitable home repairs or reinstate personal possessions.”