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Over 100 Cookstown people overturn sickness benefits cuts

Patients with serious illnesses are being struck off benefits

Patients with serious illnesses are being struck off benefits

Over 100 Cookstown people suffering from debilitating conditions such as MS and cancer, who had been told by the Government they were not entitled to sickness benefits, have overturned the decisions on appeal.

In fact, almost a third of local people who appealed the decision to remove their sickness benefits had the decision reversed in their favour, according to the latest figures released by the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The appeals tribunals found that the claimants had been wrongly deemed fit to work by the new employment tests, causing them untold financial stress and hardship.

Since the new tests were introduced in June 2011, 438 Cookstown claimants have appealed the benefits agency’s decision to take away their sickness payments.

 

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