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Disabled woman drops benefits battle after being left with 'no choice'




Lynn Curtis has been disabled since 1991 when she was hit by a car in London. She has been out of work since then but after an assessment this month has been told she is suitable to work and must attend an activity course.PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2278966)
Lynn Curtis has been disabled since 1991 when she was hit by a car in London. She has been out of work since then but after an assessment this month has been told she is suitable to work and must attend an activity course.PICTURE: Mecha Morton (2278966)

A Lawshall woman has hit out at the benefits system after having 'no choice' but to drop an appeal against the result of a work assessment.

Lynn Curtis, of Churchill Close, was moved from a support group to a work-related activity group following an Employment and Support Allowance assessment last year, which found she may be capable of work one day.

But the 57-year-old, who was left with mobility, speech and memory problems after being hit by a car in 1991, has dropped her appeal following advice from a Citizens Advice Bureau worker, who said she risked losing more money if she continued.

"I'm disgusted at how I've been treated. They haven't considered anything said by the doctors, they've just gone on what the assessor has said. I don't think there's anything else I can do now. I've got no choice,"she said.

Lynn's benefits have dropped from £455 to £360 as a result of the assessment and she now has to travel to Cambridge for her work-related group meetings, which is costing her more money.

"It's stressed me so much and I've had to contact my doctor because I've not been eating or sleeping properly. They've got me on really low money and now they're making me travel ages despite my fear of big roads and they just don't care," she said.



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