'A 62-year-old woman claims she’s been forced to leave her home after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) docked her benefits for turning up late for a meeting.
Faith Hurford, from Stroud, who suffers with a range of medical conditions that haven’t been disclosed, says the benefit sanction means she is unable to afford the rent and has to move away from her home because of the DWP’s cruel decision.
The Stroud News and Journal reports that in spite of her health problems, Faith had to travel a staggering 15 miles by bicycle to attend a meeting about her Universal Credit claim.
Due to heat, the sheer distance she had to cycle, as well as her chronic health issues, Faith was forced to stop and take a break at a Sainbury’s store to recover her energy.
This meant that Faith turned up late for the appointment and was subsequently sanctioned for failing to turn up for the meeting on time.
Faith described the sanction as “unlawful” and tried to appeal the harsh ruling, but the loss of benefit meant she could no longer afford the rent and has to move away to Nailsworth.
“I had been a supporter of Universal Credit before – it helps you look for work and it’s simpler to use – but that sanction was unlawful.'
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