Pregnant mum’s benefits slashed when she misses appointment – because she had an epileptic fit

Stephanie Rigby, 24, missed an appointment with a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officer after having a fit – but they claim she never told them

A young mum has had her benefits slashed after suffering a seizure and missing an appointment.

Pregnant Stephanie Rigby, 24, missed a meeting with a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officer, after falling ill – and has had her payments cut.

Despite informing officers that she was unwell, Stephanie found her vital benefits were slashed.

Stephanie, from Hindley in Greater Manchester, said: “I have suffered from epilepsy for 20 years and had an attack on the day I was due to go for an ESA assessment. They make me very ill and I have to go to bed for most of the day to recover. They have happened more often recently because I’m pregnant.

“We informed DWP and were told we would need to provide a doctor’s note to explain why I missed it and that’s what we’ve done.”

Ross ParryBenefits: Stephanie Rigby at home with boyfriend Leon Roberts
But the DWP and agency Atos, which formerly dealt with Employment and Support Allowance cases, said they had no records of that conversation and said Stephanie had failed to provide any evidence for her claim.

Mum-of-one Stephanie, who is three-months-pregnant, said she had been treated with a lack of respect and felt “officers were laughing at her”.

She claims it was during a phone conversation about where to send the medical records that the comment about the recording of the seizure was made.

She said she did not know which official had been on the phone because he was “evasive” about his identity.

Ross ParryUpset: Stephanie says she was treated with a lack of respect and felt “officers were laughing at her”.
A spokesman for DWP said: “Ms Rigby failed to attend an assessment in March and provided no medical evidence to support the claim she was too ill to attend.

“She asked us to reconsider the decision to stop her ESA but did not provide any additional evidence. These decisions carry a further right of appeal and if any medical evidence can be produced it will be considered.”Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

A spokesman for Atos said it was not part of their employees remit to make enquiries about missed assessments.Justice League Dark 2017 streaming

PAAppeal: The Department for Work and Pensions says Stephanie failed to provide medical evidence
Stephanie said she has now sent notes from her doctor via fax and expects her case to be reviewed.

She added: “I have not had my payments now for more than a month and they’re saying I can’t prove it, I feel like they’re laughing at me.”download full film iBoy 2017

 

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