A SERIOUSLY ill Riddings pensioner has suffered a setback in his quest to have part of his disability allowance reinstated.
Dave Hardwick, of Bradshaw Avenue, had his money slashed by the government, leaving him £76 a week worse off.
He lodged an appeal with the Department for Work and Pensions, but was told it might not be heard for eight months because of a backlog of appeals since the coalition government reviewed its benefits system last year.
Dave, who suffers from arthritis in both legs, type 2 diabetes and reduced kidney function, then wrote to the Prime Minister David Cameron in the hope of having his appeal moved forward.
But a tribunal judge turned down the request, leaving Dave increasingly desperate.
He said: “It’s absolute nonsense. I am in a desperate situation.
“I am existing and I have a brilliant neighbour who is a fantastic help. But she shouldn’t have to do it.”