Interview terror of street attack victim

Delma Gee suffers from agoraphobia and claims she is unable to attend an ESA interview.
Delma Gee suffers from agoraphobia and claims she is unable to attend an ESA interview.
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AN AGORAPHOBIC woman who hasn’t left her house for two years says she is in despair after being told she must leave her house to attend an interview.

Delma Gee, of Miller Street, South Shore, now says she has “no-one to turn to” after her incapacity benefit and disability living allowances were cut.

Ms Gee claims she has not left her house since she was attacked in the street two years ago, which was followed soon after by the death of her mother.

She receives £164 every fortnight in benefits.

The 55-year-old said: “I’ve not slept since Thursday because of this and I’ve barely eaten.

“I don’t know what to do.

“They’re talking to me like I’m an imbecile and I don’t know what’s going on.”

Ms Gee has received letters and text messages from the Jobcentre over the course of the past week asking her to attend an interview – which she says she is unable to do due to her condition.

She said: “All my money’s stopped now and there was no warning,

“I’ve got no-one to turn to.

“I’ve got chronic anxiety too and there’s no way on this planet I can get out to an interview.”

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has advised Ms Gee to provide evidence of her ailments in order to appeal against the decision.

A spokesman for the DWP said: “Meetings with Jobcentre Plus Advisers are an important part of the process of helping someone with an illness or disability prepare for eventually moving back into work.

“Any work-related activity a person is expected to do in return for their benefit will be appropriate to their condition.

“If someone disagrees with a decision made they have the right to appeal.”

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