'Disgusted' reader gives £20 to pair living on £17

PUBLISHED: 11:55 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

A GENEROUS Herald reader, disgusted to learn that a Honiton couple are living on £17 a week, has come forward with £20. After reading how Tina and Nigel Say had seen their disability and carer's allowance drop from £90 to £17 because Tina's disability sta

A GENEROUS Herald reader, disgusted to learn that a Honiton couple are living on £17 a week, has come forward with £20.After reading how Tina and Nigel Say had seen their disability and carer's allowance drop from £90 to £17 because Tina's disability status had been lowered, the pensioner offered £20 - so the couple could enjoy a "decent meal".The concerned OAP, who lives in Honiton, said: "I want to give them £20 for a decent meal."I'm an old age pensioner, but I do feel for them."I think it is disgusting."The man personally delivered the £20 to the Herald's Honiton office last Thursday morning and the Herald passed the cash on to Mr and Mrs Say at lunchtime the same day.Mrs Say said: "Bless his heart."We would like to thank him."She is confined to a wheelchair and suffers from hip and back complaints. Her disability status was changed from 'medium' to 'low' on January 29 and, since then, her husband has no longer been able to claim disability allowance.He is unable to look for work, however, because he is still caring for his wife.Mrs Say believes her disability status was lowered "because I can still use my hands".A spokesperson from the Department for Work and Pensions said: "Disability Living Allowance is a non-contributory, non-means tested benefit for people who are so severely disabled, physically or mentally, that they need help with personal care. "In order to assess the level of entitlement to DLA, Department for Work and Pensions decision makers will look at all the evidence provided by the customer, seeking out further advice, if necessary, from the customer's GP or hospital doctor. "If a customer is not satisfied with the decision, they have the right to appeal."We are unable to comment on the specifics of individual cases."The appeal process could take up to six months, said Mrs Say.

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