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DWP apologises to 93-year-old woman with dementia after demanding £7,000

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A woman who saw the horrors of the Second World War and now lives with advanced Parkinson's Disease has received an apology from The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after they demanded that she repay over £7,000.

The elderly woman was told to return the funds she had received as part of the severe disability premium of Pension Credit from 2019 to 2022.

This situation arose when the woman's daughter, Rose Chitseko, who previously worked in adult social care, started receiving Carer's Allowance in 2019 due to her mother's inability to look after herself.

According to the regulations, this made Rose's mother ineligible for the disability premium. The DWP claimed that the nonagenarian "failed" to inform them of the change in circumstances, leading to what they considered a fraudulent claim of benefits.

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