ME group in Suffolk to meet with two MPs to discuss fears over benefits

Beccles and District ME/CFS Support Group in Suffolk will be holding a meeting with two local MPs on Friday, 4 March – to discuss their concerns about the future of the benefits system. Waveney MP Peter Aldous and Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk, will be attending the group’s meeting at the Quaker Hall in Smallgate, Beccles, which will start at 12pm.

Lynn Lockwood, from the Beccles Group, commented: “Undoubtedly this is a very uncertain and stressful time for those people currently on Incapacity benefit and those people applying for ESA ( Employment & Support Allowance) for the first time. People currently on incapacity benefit in our area will soon start to hear about their impending assessments. The potential outcome of this (we hear over 80% will be failed regardless) together with the added worry of substantial cuts to their weekly allowance during this fourteen week plus period, and other cuts in essential benefits, can only result in already difficult health problems being truly compromised.”

All members are welcome to attend. Non-members who wish to attend should contact Lynn first on lynn.lockwood@btopenworld.com

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