Woman with mental age of a toddler had benefits stopped because she missed her DWP appointment

The 26-year-old is to be medically assessed for work despite having mind of a three-year-old

A severely disabled woman, with the mental age of a toddler, had her benefits stopped by the Department of Work and Pensions because she “missed an appointment”.

Georgina Ball has aicardi syndrome, a rare brain abnormality which means she suffers from severe epileptic seizures and learning disabilities, and is unable to walk, talk, read or write.

The 26-year-old claims Employment Support Allowance but this was stopped in December after her mum received a letter to say that her daughter had missed an appointment, to be medically assessed for work.

Mum Paula, who is Georgina’s full time carer, says that she never received a letter, and added that even if she did her daughter cannot attend the appointment because the centre does not have the facilities to deal with her needs.

The 53-year-old said: “What three-year-old would be able to go to work? Georgina can’t read, she can’t write, she likes Teletubies and Thomas the Tank Engine.

“I do everything for her.

“I think it is disgusting that someone with her disabilities has to go and prove them.”

Read more and see the video here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/woman-mental-age-toddler-benefits-12523947

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