Cancer patient’s family stands to lose £50k under benefit cuts : THE GUARDIAN

Terminally ill father says changes to widowed parent’s allowance that come into force this Thursday are ‘daylight robbery’

“My death, on or before Thursday, changes my family’s wellbeing to the tune of tens of thousands. It is utterly unbelievable.”

Alan’s voice cracked, not just with emotion but the brutal impact of four years of cancer that started in a tonsil before spreading to his lungs and chest, delivering a terminal diagnosis in June, 2015.

By December, last year, the 51-year-old husband and father (who has asked the Guardian not to use his real name in order to protect his family) was given between one and five months to live.

His mind quickly focused on the lives of his wife, Kate, and their children, a 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, after his death. He feared the “whirlwind of emotional and financial distress and turmoil” heading towards them as he grappled to draw up a plan.

Then came a bitter blow that has led Alan to speak out urgently against a Conservative policy being rolled out this week, despite voting for Theresa May’s party all his life.

The father and businessman, who was forced to give up work due to his illness, realised that if he survived beyond midnight this Wednesday 5 April, his family could be stripped of tens of thousands of pounds of critical financial support over the next decade.

Changes to the widowed parent’s allowance mean a benefit of around £112 a week until the youngest child leaves full-time education, perhaps in 10 years’ time, will be replaced by £350 a month (£80 a week) for a maximum period of just a year and a half.

READ MORE : THE GUARDIAN

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5 Comments

  1. Whilst I sympathise with him and his family for the distress his they are suffering. I have to ask, where was his sympathy for others whilst he was voting Conservative all of his life?

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  2. I’m alright Jack, I vote Conservative, none of their policies will ever effect me.

    WAIT…this is an outrage…there’s something wrong, I’m not meant to go to Auschwitz, that’s for other people like the mentally ill and disabled and people who didn’t vote for them.

    WAIT…what’s this, changes to widowed parents allowance, but I’m a Conservative voter, it doesn’t – or shouldn’t – apply to me.

    Sympathy ?, NOT ON YOUR NELLY, DESERVES EVERYTHING THAT’S COMING TO HIM. AFTER ALL HE’S BEING ASKING FOR IT.

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  3. How naive can one get…

    Alan said he voted Conservative and felt “utterly let down”. He described reading the Tory 2015 manifesto from cover to cover and stressed that there was no mention of this reform. “There is no political mandate – it is a moral outrage.”

    Now he knows (and no one can convince me he hasn’t known all along)…they are liars, cheats, desperados, they don’t even have any respect for their own policies in their own manifesto, basically they’re just criminals in suits, desperate to gain power over us at any cost.

    VOTE FOR THEM AT YOUR PERIL.

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