Joy Watson and her husband Tony, who were left stunned by the DWP’s decision, say she is unable to manage her own medicine or cook a meal because she forgets to turn off the gas.
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A woman with dementia once praised by former Prime Minister David Cameron has had her benefits stopped over claims that she can care for herself.
Joy Watson was forced to give up her job as a carer after she was diagnosed four years ago and is unable to manage her own medicine or cook because she forgets to turn off the gas.
The 58-year-old and her retired husband Tony are now struggling to pay their bills after the Department for Work and Pensions decided she was able to look after herself.
Joy, who is receiving £400 less each month, was left stunned when her benefits were stopped, telling the Manchester Evening News that dementia is a progressive disease and her condition will only get worse.
Tony can’t understand how anyone could think she could look after herself, saying that she forgets her words, can’t even hold a cup of tea properly and mixes up vital medication if she manages it on her own.