Man with epilepsy was sanctioned after missing his Universal Credit appointment due to seizures

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‘It’s callous and cold-hearted’: A man with epilepsy was sanctioned after missing his Universal Credit appointment due to seizures

A man who claims he missed a Universal Credit appointment because of multiple seizures has been sanctioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Luke O’Donnell, who has epilepsy, missed a work-related appointment to receive Job Seeker’s Allowance in November but because he had no medical evidence to prove he had had the seizures, the DWP imposed one 14-day and one seven-day sanction on his benefits.

The Department said it was the third time he had failed to attend an appointment and so it needed to be supported by a statement of fitness to work.

I had my benefits sanctioned because I was having seizures so missed a JSA appointment. I ended up in hospital twice that week. I sent lots of evidence of this. They’ve just…

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