Sharron Jones, a Caerphilly resident, has succeeded in having her benefit restored by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Ms Jones and her daughter, Nadia, approached her MP Wayne David and he raised Ms Jones’ case on the floor of the House of Commons with the then Deputy Prime Minister. After this, Ms Jones made a fresh application for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and was restored to the ESA Support Group, which she had previously been on before her benefit was cut by the Government.
Although this is a partial victory for Ms Jones, and the Government has effectively recognised that Ms Jones’ benefit should not have been reduced in the first place, her fight is not finished. Ms Jones is appealing against the original decision and for the payment of monies which she has lost.
On hearing of the news, Mr David said, “I am very pleased that the Government has recognised that their decision to reduce Ms Jones’ benefit was wrong. Medical assessments indicated that Ms Jones would not be able to work and this has now been accepted by the Government.
“Unfortunately, it has taken a long and hard struggle for Sharron Jones to have her benefit level restored. I now really hope that the Government pays her the money she should have had after they incorrectly assessed her”.