Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sick Child's Disability Benefits Stopped

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sick Child's Disability Benefits Stopped

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A GIRL of 11 who suffers from a twisted spine, deformed hip and only has one fully functioning lung has had her benefits stopped.

Charlotte Ormrod, has double curvature scoliosis, which means she struggles to walk and she relies heavily on a wheelchair.

Since her diagnosis last year, Charlotte has been admitted to hospital 12 times due to problems with her lungs, her mum says.

But following a reassessment by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Charlotte has been told she's no longer entitled disability living allowance (DLA) for her personal care.

Julie, 44, claims one of the reasons it is stopping the benefit is because the youngster attends Albany Primary School, a mainstream school in Washington. Julie said: "I'm absolutely disgusted. She is entitled to that money. I'd maybe understand if it was an adult but she is just a child going through this.

"They said she was not entitled because she has some mobility and goes to a mainstream school.

"There was nothing wrong with my daughter when she was born.

I'm disgusted. entitled money. She child going this Julie "Why should she not be allowed to go to a mainstream school because she's in a wheelchair?" Due to her condition, Charlotte does not take part in PE and her family home has been modified.

"She's been in hospital 12 times in the last year and can't do what normal children do," Julie said. "She has respiratory problems and requires surgery on her lungs, and has just had another stint in hospital after her lungs collapsed. "No-one has been out to see her - they just made an assumption."

In a letter seen by The Chronicle, it says Charlotte does not qualify for DLA for personal care because she does not meet the criteria.

The criteria includes needing help with personal care for about an hour, right through the day, and at night or longer to prevent a danger to yourself. …

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