DWP ‘threatened to dock terminally-ill woman’s benefits’ if she paid for her own funeral

Benefit tales

A terminally-ill woman was told by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that she risked being charged with an “offence” and would lose part of her benefits if she used an insurance policy windfall to pay for her own funeral.

DWP bosses told Sue Smith that spending the £3,700 in advance on her funeral would be seen as “deprivation of capital” – deliberately spending her savings in order to maintain entitlement to benefits.

Read the whole story here: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-threatened-to-dock-terminally-ill-womans-benefits-if-she-paid-for-her-own-funeral/

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