Grantham victim of serial killer Beverley Allitt has benefits stopped
A father is furious after the Government decided to stop his disabled daughter from receiving benefits.
Alan Asher says the decision to stop Kayley’s income-related benefits is ‘disgusting’ and he may well go back to court to try and reverse the decision.
Kayley was left disabled as a baby in Grantham Hospital in 1991 when she was attacked by serial killer Beverley Allitt.
Mr Asher, who runs the Community Bookshop in Welby Street, Grantham, and is a former mayor of the town, said: “I’m disgusted with the decision and question whether the DWP are discriminating against people with learning disabilities. But, of course, we will keep the fight going and if we have to go to court again we will.”
Kayley was awarded damages of £11,500 and later granted £120 a week in disability benefits. The compensation was put into an account and grew with interest. The money is for Kayley’s future, says Mr Asher. As previously reported, she was told to repay £23,500 but that was later overturned in court.
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “If someone has personal savings in excess of £16,000 then they won’t be eligible to make a claim for income-related benefits. If they are in secondary or advanced education, or undertaking specific work-related training, then they may be eligible for benefits based on their National Insurance contributions.”
Mr Asher says the DWP has claimed that Kayley’s college courses were not vocational or full-time so he may well contest their decision.