Mother-of-three dying of cancer is stripped of benefits and told to go back to work because she is 'not disabled enough'
Jane Windle was diagnosed with a slow-growing carcinoid tumour in 2001
Cancer has left her in constant pain due to tumours in her lungs and pelvis
Will no longer receive £200 a week from disability and carer's allowance
Decision was made after Personal Independence Payment assessment
Couple described situation as 'disgusting' and appealed officials' decision
By LYDIA WILLGRESS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 16:15, 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18, 17 March 2016
A mother-of-three who is dying of cancer has been stripped of her benefits by the Government and told to go back to work because she is 'not disabled enough'.
Jane Windle was diagnosed with a slow-growing carcinoid tumour in 2001, which has left her in constant pain due to lumps in her lungs and pelvis.
The 52-year-old, who can barely walk and is constantly short of breath, was initially given six months to live but has defied medics to live for a further 15 years.
Now, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has told her she is no longer entitled to her £140-a-week Disability Living Allowance.
Jane Windle, who is dying of cancer, has been stripped of her benefits by the Government and told to go back to work because she is 'not disabled enough'. She is pictured with her husband, William +3
Jane Windle, who is dying of cancer, has been stripped of her benefits by the Government and told to go back to work because she is 'not disabled enough'. She is pictured with her husband, William
Mrs Windle, from Northampton, today said she felt like she was being punished for outliving her initial diagnosis.
She said: 'We don’t know what we are going to do. We could be left penniless.
'I am breathless and have contact pain in my back. It’s impossible to predict how long I’ve got left, but it has always been terminal. I have never been in remission and I never will be.
'But for some reason they are saying I can go back to work. They are saying I am not disabled enough.'
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The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London has been dropped as a patron of his local disability charity after voting for disability benefit cuts.
Zac Goldsmith was criticised by Richmond AID earlier this month when he backed slashing £30-a-week from disabled people claiming Employment Support Allowance – despite warnings from charities that the benefit already barely covers basic living costs.
The Daily Mirror newspaper now reports that the Richmond MP has been dropped as a patron of the charity – which provides support to disabled people in his constituency.
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He ended his letter by encouraging David Cameron to "look again" at cuts that had been made, writing: "I hope as the government goes forward you can look again, however, at the balance of the cuts you have insisted upon and wonder if enough has been done to ensure 'we are all in this together'."
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has resigned over "indefensible" changes to disability benefits.
It comes amid mounting controversy over £4bn of planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), expected to affect 640,000 people.
Mr Duncan Smith said the cuts were a "compromise too far" in a Budget that "benefits higher earning taxpayers".
Earlier, a government source indicated the changes were going to be "kicked into the long grass".
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BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said: "There had been bad blood off and on between George Osborne at the Treasury and Iain Duncan Smith over some of the more controversial welfare reforms that have been designed and imposed in recent years, but nobody expected this move only 48 hours since the Budget.
"One of the most senior figures in government who has been in the job for six years has decided, rather than defend the reforms publicly, to walk out in protest over reforms in his own department - a surprise for the government and a bombshell at a very sensitive time.
"Eurosceptic MPs believe that Number 10 will try to portray his resignation as part of the EU referendum debate within the party but they deny that it is at all related and point to unhappiness at the DWP building over a period of months.
She added that she understand that David Cameron personally tried to persuade Mr Duncan Smith to stay on.
The planned changes apply to the formula the government uses to calculate the daily living component of PIP, which will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and come into effect in January 2017.
Mr Duncan Smith, who was the Conservative Party leader and Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2003, said in his resignation letter that the changes were "defensible in narrow terms, given the continuing deficit".
But he said they should have formed part of "a wider process" of finding the best way to focus resources on those most in need.
"I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest," he said.
"Too often my team and I have been pressured in the immediate run up to a budget or fiscal event to deliver yet more reductions to the working-age benefit bill.
"There has been too much emphasis on money-saving exercises and not enough awareness from the Treasury, in particular, that the government's vision of a new welfare-to-work system could not be repeatedly salami-sliced.
"It is therefore with enormous regret that I have decided to resign."
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb will take over from Iain Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary, David Cameron has announced.
Mr Crabb has been appointed to the role after Mr Duncan Smith's bombshell resignation over changes to disability benefits he said were a "compromise too far".
In a highly critical two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Duncan Smith said it was wrong to cut £4.4bn in Personal Independence Payments that will affect 640,000 while introducing measures that would help higher earners.
It was particularly damning of George Osborne's leadership ambition and policies saying measures the Chancellor had introduced were "distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest".