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Advice Changes Lives: Aminah’s story

‘Aminah’ was struggling when her income fell to £500 per month as a result of the Benefit Cap – a limit on the amount of benefit that claimants who are out of work can receive.

As a mother supporting her children, the loss of income had a huge impact on Aminah and her family.

Why did this happen?

Aminah was subject to the Benefit Cap as she had lost her entitlement to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

How did we help?

Law Centre NI supported Aminah to appeal the PIP and ESA decisions, helping her to request medical records from her GP which showed how health conditions were affecting her daily life and limiting her capability for work.

Aminah’s appeal was successful and her entitlement to PIP and ESA was restored.

Because Aminah is now in receipt of PIP, she is exempt from the Benefit Cap and she can now get on with her life – free from the constant worry about how to manage.

You can read more about Aminah and other clients that we have helped in our 2020-2021 Impact Report ‘Using the law to transform people’s lives’.