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TOPIC: Unpaid carer ‘surviving on a can of sweetcorn a day’ after benefits axed

Unpaid carer ‘surviving on a can of sweetcorn a day’ after benefits axed 15 Jan 2019 08:14 #12949

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Benefit bosses reportedly stopped his Carers Allowance payments, despite him being the sole carer for his disabled parents.

A family carer claims he’s been forced to survive on a can of tuna and sweetcorn a day after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stopped his benefits, despite being the sole carer for his disabled parents.

John McDermott, 47, spends 18 hours a day providing unpaid care for his disabled father and mentally unwell mother, and was left feeling like a “nervous wreck” after the DWP stopped his Carers Allowance payments.

His father, Patrick, suffers from severe incontinence and dementia, while his mother, Katherine, has Schizophrenia. Both are 77 years-of-age and are entirely dependent on the unpaid care given by their son John.

Mr McDermott says he has been forced to survive on just £93 a week for a shocking 6 months, which is money provided via a direct care arrangement involving his sister.

But in reality, John says he has been fighting for vital support he is parents desperately need for several years, which he says has left him feeling more like 101 than 47.

“It’s been like hell for four years”, he told the Islington Gazette.

“I’m 47 years old but I feel 101. I’ve gone grey and have an ulcer in my stomach.

“The last four years fighting for what is just has left me a nervous wreck – I’ve been screaming out for help.

“I’m surviving on a can of sweetcorn and tuna a day and have been for the past few years now.”

John finally received a backpayment of £1,300 in Carer’s Allowance from the DWP in December 2018, but says the stressful ordeal has had a terrible impact on the family.

welfareweekly.com/unpaid-carer-surviving-on-a-can-of-sweetcorn-a-day-after-benefits-axed/
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Unpaid carer ‘surviving on a can of sweetcorn a day’ after benefits axed 15 Jan 2019 13:17 #12959

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Why can't he survive on £93 a week.?
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Unpaid carer ‘surviving on a can of sweetcorn a day’ after benefits axed 15 Jan 2019 13:38 #12960

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I can only assume he's not in receipt of housing benefit or council tax benefits and the majority of his money is going to keeping a roof over his head even so the article dose mention he had substantial rent arrears.
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