From Atos Miricles on Facebook-
A friend of the Atos Miricles admin passed away. The following was shared on their Facebook page with permission, from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
Maximus did my husbands assessment for pip last August- he applied for pip and ESA following a serious illness the year before.
As you know the illness was unforeseen and was not as a result of lifestyle choices other than to try and do all the right things in life.
Maximus did nothing wrong and the decision makers at the dwp awarded him pip and ESA SG – he was assessed by atos for ESA.
We’d been living on my wage since his illness and because I was working we were entitled to nothing for rent and so forth.
He followed Drs orders to the letter and was well on the path to recovery.
He had embarked on an OU degree and had distinctions in every piece of work. By next spring he would be fully qualified and was in line to get a first on his degree
He was planning on being able to work self employed in his new profession. He looked forward to returning to the fold of the tax payer as he had been all his life.
Even if he had had millions he would always have paid tax as he always said it was right that those of us who have, give a hand up to those who need a bit of help.
Pip is supposed to be for exactly what he was using it for – the extra expenses of living with a disability but he was looking forward to the day that he could just ring up and say he didn’t need the pip anymore that he had recovered and whilst recovering had done a degree and retrained.
Two weeks ago he had a pip reassessment form through. A three year award that he waited 13 months for, gave him just 11 months without the stress of being made to feel like a benefits scrounger.
He called them and was told that ‘this is a new thing. We are sending to people a year before their award ends but there’s nothing to worry about’
He did worry, he was beyond worry. The nightmare was back.
I found his pip award letter when I was getting his driving licence and birth certificate to take to the registrars office to collect his death certificate.
It says on there that they would be in touch from 14 weeks before the award ends in August 2016
So they lied to him for the last time.
He had a massive stroke the evening he finished completing the new form.
His suffering is over, mine begins anew every time I have to see his empty chair, give the funeral arrangements to dozens of friends who are shocked and heartbroken, every single minute is hell.
Nothing anybody says or does can stop this from being an open sore
Thank you for all your help *C* and it would be nice to stay in touch
Well done ids, Cameron and Osborne – another young mans life over.
He won’t appear on any statistics but those in my heart and that doesn’t matter because it’s already broken into thousands of pieces.