Hi, I don’t know if anyone can offer advice but my 38 year old sister has very severe Empysema, she was diagnosed about 10 years ago. She recently went for an Employment support allowance assessment and the health care assessor asked my sister to blow into a peak flow meter and didn’t believe my sister was cooperating as both her blows recorded such low values. It would appear she didn’t believe my sister and decided there was nothing wrong with her so awarded her no points and her benefit has been stopped. She’s been told she needs to look for a full time job.
My sisters Fev1 is 28% and she can do very little without struggling to breathe, she’s also depressed and there’s no way she could work full time. We’ve requested a reconsideration and sent copies of her medical records. Do you know of anything else we can do or any other benefit/help she can claim? We’ve never looked in to this as she doesn’t like to look greedy etc but she’s struggling more and more and can’t go through the stress of losing her benefit and having to get a job. It also seems mad to have to get a bus to miles away for an assessment when she barely leaves the house.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.