Hartlepool amputee slams Government over carer’s benefits during hospital stays

William "Bill" Peacock in his Hartlepool home. Picture by FRANK REID
William "Bill" Peacock in his Hartlepool home. Picture by FRANK REID

An amputee has hit out at Government policy which will see his and his carer’s benefits stop when he goes into hospital.

William Peacock had to have his right leg amputated due to an infection two years ago.

This year doctors discovered a tumour in his stump which needs to be removed.

The 68-year-old says that his Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will stop if he goes over the permitted 28 hospital days, as will his carer’s.

He is worried that his stay in hospital to remove the tumour in coming weeks, will probably see him go over the limit and see his cash temporarily cut.

William, of Grosvenor Street, off Murray Street, Hartlepool, said: “I have a carer 24/7 and to me it’s a disgrace to stop my money and my carer’s money just because I’m going in hospital. I would be lost without my carer.”

The dad and grandad, who also suffers with severe arthritis and a form of lung cancer, added: “The Government has this rule that you’re allowed so much time in hospital before your money gets stopped. But I have to go into hospital unfortunately to have the tumour operated on. It’s a downright disgrace, we should be paid regardless.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions said that they had not been contacted by William about the matter.

But she said his stay in hospital would have to be over 28 days before his DLA was stopped, and this would be due to him being cared for by the NHS during that period. His benefit would be re-started on his return home. She advised that he contact the department for advice.