Benefits stripped from Brighton son after mother’s death

A grieving son had his benefits taken away for missing an appointment because his mother had died.

Single father-of-two Kevin Humphrey was dismayed when he was told he wouldn’t be getting his money because he didn’t go to a meeting at the JobCentre due to his bereavement.

The 47-year-old from Tavistock Down, Brighton, said he received a letter giving him just a few hours notice of the appointment and because he had to make urgent arrangements following his mother Virginia’s death on May 9, he couldn’t get to the officers in time.

But the member of staff at the JobCentre in Worthing told him it made no difference and his £130 fortnightly Jobseeker’s Allowance payment would be cancelled.



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