Furious campaigners have accused the government of “cruelty” amid revelations that terminally ill people are assigned “work coaches” under Universal Credit.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to defend the situation, described as “outrageous” and “beyond the pale” by end of life charity Marie Curie.
SNP MP Drew Hendry is now leading calls for changes to the way Universal Credit handles the claims of terminally ill people.
It comes as campaigners told HuffPost UK that people with terminal illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and dementia face a raft of “thoughtless” regulations under Universal Credit.
Charities say they’ve seen those with just weeks to live:
- suffer delays in payments so lengthy some claimants have died before receiving their entitlements;
- forced to…
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