Anger over Jobcentre claims that Ferryhill woman on crutches is fit to work

The Advertiser Series: HOUSE BOUND: Pamela Johnson, of Ferryhill, who has been told that she is fit for work. HOUSE BOUND: Pamela Johnson, of Ferryhill, who has been told that she is fit for work.

A WOMAN left on crutches by a leg operation has complained that she has no money as Jobcentre staff say she is fit to work.

Pamela Johnson, 56, of Broomside, in Ferryhill, underwent an operation last October which left her unable to carry on working in a fish and chip shop.

Miss Johnson began claimed benefits and said that Jobcentre bosses have now told her to sign on at Spennymoor to claim £57 Jobseekers' Allowance each fortnight.

She is also angry that the staff in Spennymoor Jobcentre deemed her to be fit to work.

She said: “I had a medical and the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) said that my money would stop from June 16 as I am capable of work.

“I now have to go every fortnight to sign on or I get no money. If it’s raining though I can’t go out on my crutches as it’s slippery.

“I’m not married and I have no other wage coming in to help me. I’m going to be on crutches for the rest of my life.”

A DWP spokesman said that clients could ask for the decision to be reconsidered or an appeal could be lodged.

She said: “If we are made aware, in advance, of a legitimate reason why someone cannot attend an appointment we can look to rearrange it for a more suitable time.

"A decision on whether someone is well enough to work is taken following a thorough assessment and after consideration of all the supporting medical evidence provided by the claimant."

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1:20pm Mon 30 Jun 14

RealLivin says...

Typical bureaucracy again, technically Miss Johnson could work as in she can sit at a desk and work at a computer, but no thought as to how she would actually get to work or find an employer that is willing to employe her in this condition, is this ATOS again making these recommendation on their fit to work remit, fit for work is one thing finding employment is another.
Typical bureaucracy again, technically Miss Johnson could work as in she can sit at a desk and work at a computer, but no thought as to how she would actually get to work or find an employer that is willing to employe her in this condition, is this ATOS again making these recommendation on their fit to work remit, fit for work is one thing finding employment is another. RealLivin
  • Score: 13

8:17pm Mon 30 Jun 14

greenfinger says...

see what years and years of abusing the system does? I have sympathy with this women, she should win an appeal but what happens in the meantime?
see what years and years of abusing the system does? I have sympathy with this women, she should win an appeal but what happens in the meantime? greenfinger
  • Score: 4

12:57pm Tue 1 Jul 14

ann-marie white says...

I be known Pam for a number of years and lived close to the fish and chip shop she worked in, she has always worked. She has also given many hours to the community working for churches and so forth . it s a disgrace someone who has cared so much has been left in this position by a government who care so little
I be known Pam for a number of years and lived close to the fish and chip shop she worked in, she has always worked. She has also given many hours to the community working for churches and so forth . it s a disgrace someone who has cared so much has been left in this position by a government who care so little ann-marie white
  • Score: 13

5:52pm Tue 1 Jul 14

truggggg says...

£57 for a life time of contributing- disgraceful when others who have paid nothing get a lot more than that.
£57 for a life time of contributing- disgraceful when others who have paid nothing get a lot more than that. truggggg
  • Score: 10

6:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

punkrocker says...

typical of the uncaring dwp.
typical of the uncaring dwp. punkrocker
  • Score: 3

6:41pm Tue 1 Jul 14

caberwocky1 says...

appeal-contact welfare rights in the county council
appeal-contact welfare rights in the county council caberwocky1
  • Score: 3

6:57pm Tue 1 Jul 14

The Consultant says...

This woman is technically fit for work.....it has nothing to do with an uncaring DWP or ATOS. This woman will be capable of going to get her shopping, getting on a bus etc. There are many jobs she can do - maybe not what she has previously done. One thing I would encourage her to do is do some physical exercise - go to the local leisure centre and get yourself fit for work - don't wallow in self pity - for the projects I recruit for I would consider her - but she would have to show a more positive attitude! Reality is it doesn't matter what we contribute to society through our churches etc. I would view her situation more differently if she was not mobile!
This woman is technically fit for work.....it has nothing to do with an uncaring DWP or ATOS. This woman will be capable of going to get her shopping, getting on a bus etc. There are many jobs she can do - maybe not what she has previously done. One thing I would encourage her to do is do some physical exercise - go to the local leisure centre and get yourself fit for work - don't wallow in self pity - for the projects I recruit for I would consider her - but she would have to show a more positive attitude! Reality is it doesn't matter what we contribute to society through our churches etc. I would view her situation more differently if she was not mobile! The Consultant
  • Score: -6

6:40pm Wed 2 Jul 14

ann-marie white says...

I would wonder if the consultant has even taken into account where Pam lives it is called Ferryhill for a reason, because it s on a hill. Pam dosen t drive and is reliant upon public transport. This means a walk from her home to the bus stop. In Ferryhill that normally inncurs walking up or down hill, not easy on crutches. The Consultant states she gets out shopping does he not understand the term housebound? Has he ever attempted carrying a couple of shopping bags whilst walking on crutches? As far as Pam having a more positive attitude, he may have heard of a condition called deppresion, often brought on by life changing events, such as going from working and being a active member of the community to being housebound.
I would wonder if the consultant has even taken into account where Pam lives it is called Ferryhill for a reason, because it s on a hill. Pam dosen t drive and is reliant upon public transport. This means a walk from her home to the bus stop. In Ferryhill that normally inncurs walking up or down hill, not easy on crutches. The Consultant states she gets out shopping does he not understand the term housebound? Has he ever attempted carrying a couple of shopping bags whilst walking on crutches? As far as Pam having a more positive attitude, he may have heard of a condition called deppresion, often brought on by life changing events, such as going from working and being a active member of the community to being housebound. ann-marie white
  • Score: 3

2:25am Thu 3 Jul 14

pandorica says...

The Consultant wrote:
This woman is technically fit for work.....it has nothing to do with an uncaring DWP or ATOS. This woman will be capable of going to get her shopping, getting on a bus etc. There are many jobs she can do - maybe not what she has previously done. One thing I would encourage her to do is do some physical exercise - go to the local leisure centre and get yourself fit for work - don't wallow in self pity - for the projects I recruit for I would consider her - but she would have to show a more positive attitude! Reality is it doesn't matter what we contribute to society through our churches etc. I would view her situation more differently if she was not mobile!
You can clearly see looking at the oedema on her legs that she cannot work bless her, even working whilst sat down will cause more problems with her legs. I am pretty sure the lady knows what she needs to be doing, you do not know her medical history, only what you can see. Hardly wallowing is she, she is struggling o survive with no help at all. Don't judge as you never know when life throws obstacles at you that will test you right to the end
[quote][p][bold]The Consultant[/bold] wrote: This woman is technically fit for work.....it has nothing to do with an uncaring DWP or ATOS. This woman will be capable of going to get her shopping, getting on a bus etc. There are many jobs she can do - maybe not what she has previously done. One thing I would encourage her to do is do some physical exercise - go to the local leisure centre and get yourself fit for work - don't wallow in self pity - for the projects I recruit for I would consider her - but she would have to show a more positive attitude! Reality is it doesn't matter what we contribute to society through our churches etc. I would view her situation more differently if she was not mobile![/p][/quote]You can clearly see looking at the oedema on her legs that she cannot work bless her, even working whilst sat down will cause more problems with her legs. I am pretty sure the lady knows what she needs to be doing, you do not know her medical history, only what you can see. Hardly wallowing is she, she is struggling o survive with no help at all. Don't judge as you never know when life throws obstacles at you that will test you right to the end pandorica
  • Score: 2

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