Acknowledgements to The Stevenage Comet for publicising this shameful news.
The charity Epilepsy Action says the system is “failing people with epilepsy”, and that assessors frequently have little understanding of the condition.
Since 2013, the government has been moving claimants from the Disability Living Allowance to the Personal Independence Payment.
Over the last six years, 19 epilepsy sufferers in North Herts have applied to transfer from DLA to PIP, according to Department for Work and Pensions figures.
Of those, 15 had their claim denied, and their disability benefits stopped.
At 79 per cent, the rejection rate for epilepsy patients is more than double the average across all disabling conditions, which is 30 per cent.
This trend is reflected across England, where epilepsy patients are almost twice as likely to be denied PIP.
Jill Borcherds, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Stevenage said “A blunt one size fits all approach to assessing individuals in complex and varied circumstances means that yet again current Tory policy harms the most vulnerable.”