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Lorraine came to us after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lorraine had applied for Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit, but her claims were refused. While people suffering from terminal illnesses can receive fast tracked benefit awards, the rules stated that only people with less than six months to live were eligible. Lorraine’s condition meant that her doctors were unable to say exactly how long she would live.
Our legal and policy teams challenged the decision in Lorraine’s case. In court, we argued that it was unfair to treat Lorraine differently to someone who has only six months to live. Meanwhile, we worked with Marie Curie NI, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and others to campaign for a change in the law.
In April 2022, legislation was changed to extend the six-month limit to 12 months.
Lorraine passed away in July 2022. Everyone at the Law Centre is so grateful for her bravery and courage. She challenged the benefits system to ensure that no one else had to go through what she did.