Paralysed woman told to find work after husband forgot Jobcentre appointment

A paralysed woman with brain damage has had her benefits stopped and told by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to start looking for work, after her husband mistakenly forgot to attend a mandatory Jobcentre appointment.

Julie Rodger is a tetraplegic, due to hypoxic brain damage, and is completely dependent on the care provided by her husband Vince and others.

Vince wrote on Facebook: “To all who know me and know my wife Julie, the Government have in their wisdom taken Julie off her employment and support allowance due to an oversight on my behalf and now has been given her P45 to start looking for a job/work.

“Julie is a tetraplegic due to hypoxic brain damage and can’t do anything for herself.

“Julie will be attending the job centre on Monday morning after the miracle worker has been and rid her of her disabilities.”

Explaining why he missed the appointment, Vince wrote: “I received the letter asking for Julie to attend an interview………. I put that letter in a safe place and on the morning of the interview I forgot all about it.

“I received a letter to explain why she didn’t attend, so I told the truth and said that I had forgotten, they sent out a reply stating that they were not accepting my reason and removed Julie from her benefit,

“I appealed for the decision to be changed and a new interview to take place, yesterday I received there reply that they were sticking to the original decision and removed Julies benefits.”


*New update * New update *I have received an update this morning via a phone call as I was filling out a new ESA50, A…

Posted by Vince Paul Rodger on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Update: Julie has now had her benefits reinstated, but still has to prove she is unfit for work via the controversial (and sometimes inaccurate) assessment regime.

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  • This is disgraceful, but with Julie Rodgers conditions why does she even have to attend for a mandatory interview. She will not be ‘fit for work’ and never will be.

  • Sallie Ann

    With something as important as his wife’s benefits……this moron just puts the letter in a safe place and then forgets it? I’m sorry….don’t buying THAT lame excuse.