My sister Ruth has been struggling with a series of chronic, degenerative and debilitating illnesses for several years. As a result, she cannot walk easily without assistance, is virtually house bound, and spends her days in pain on a cocktail of medications. You can read more about it on her blog.
At the beginning of June 2019, Birmingham City Council demanded that she pay back £5000 in allegedly 'overpaid' housing benefit. They want the money within 2 weeks and have cancelled her housing benefit payments.
It could take a year to contest this decision which means she potentially is at risk of being made homeless. Added to this, she's one of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have had to fight a Government assessment, that she's 'Fit For Work'.
Official UK Government figures show that over 17,000 people have died while waiting to hear from their PIP assessments. Independent testimony places the number much higher. The UN has identified that 14 million people in the UK live in poverty - unable to afford proper housing or food.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighted that 1.5m people experienced destitution in 2017 - meaning they had less than £10 a day after housing costs or had to go without at least two essentials such as shelter, food, heat, light, clothing or toiletries during a one-month period.
It goes without saying that family & friends are rallying around her and plans are in place for a fundraising event in Birmingham at the end of June but we need help. Your help.
Your donation will raise money for Ruth's living expenses and to contest the council's demands.
My sister needs our help and doesn't deserve to join the thousands of other vulnerable people in the UK who's lives are made miserable by a system that repeatedly lets them down.