A woman who struggles on a daily basis from invisible illnesses has been rejected for the third time for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Amanda Flannery, 25, suffers from fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) which means she finds everyday tasks difficult. She was rejected for a third time last Friday April 6 by the Department for Work and Pensions
Amanda said: “I’m disgusted that I have been rejected for the third time. I have been seen by one of the best neurologists in the area and he wrote a lengthy report on my illnesses but the assessors clearly took no notice of it.
“I have spoken to my MP Stephen Metcalf and he supports my petition and says things need to change as the system is not fair.”
“I’ve been told in the past that I am fine and can work with one hand. It’s so upsetting but because the illnesses are ‘invisible’ everyone assumes that I am fine.
“When I went to be assessed I was clearly in pain but the assessor said that I showed no sign of this. It’s awful after one half an hour session the assessors think they know you and all about the daily struggles but they don’t. The government needs to do something about the way people are assessed.”
Amanda has set up a petition to lobby the Government for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to include invisible illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and CRPS along with mental health conditions.
Amanda continued: “I have suffered now with anxiety and depression for 13 years now and the assessor did not mention that at all.
“I have now been taken off my job seekers allowance so I now receive no financial help.
“I have to pay for my medication which I can’t afford and I have started taking CBD oil which really helps me with my pains but it’s so expensive especially when I have no money coming in.
“I’m still looking for a part time job but because I have to declare my medical conditions no one will touch me.”
“My partner and I are getting married at the end of the year as I want my Grandad to walk me down the aisle but we are worried how we are going to pay for it. But at least we have one good thing to look forward to.”
A link to Amanda’s petition is Here