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Gordon challenges Prime Minister on overturned tribunal decisions

Gordon has challenged the Theresa May at PMQs on attempts by Government officials to overturn tribunal decisions effecting vulnerable residents in Blackpool.Gordon_at_PMQs.jpg

He told the House that among his constituency casework was someone who had their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit removed, despite suffering a serious brain injury.

He said to the PM: "My Blackpool casework is now full of the anxieties that the DWP and the Home Office are imposing on vulnerable constituents, including officials’ attempts to overturn tribunal decisions protecting benefits and residents.

"That includes a family settled here for eight years and a man with a severe brain injury.

"If the Prime Minister wants people to respect the idea that “Brexit means Brexit,” should she not respect the idea that tribunals mean tribunals and not try to block them with grubby regulations affecting 164,000 disabled people?"

Since the start of the year, Gordon's office has dealt with 32 related benefit inquiries. Speaking after PMQs he added: "Our casework not only includes the two tribunal appeals I mentioned, but there are also people who have lost the mobility component of their benefits."   

 

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