Kedington Alzheimer’s sufferer a victim of malicious false claims

With help from disability angling charity Reels on Wheels, Steve Double is able to continue with his favourite hobby despite suffering from early onset Alzheimers ANL-150630-094502001
With help from disability angling charity Reels on Wheels, Steve Double is able to continue with his favourite hobby despite suffering from early onset Alzheimers ANL-150630-094502001

The carer of a man with Alzheimer’s says he has been victimised by malicious informants making false claims that he is not entitled to benefits.

In the space of two weeks, Gloria Double, of Mill Road in Kedington, received letters addressed to her ex-husband Steve – for whom she is the main carer – from the Department for Pensions and St Edmundbury Council.

The letters said 63-year-old Mr Double, a grandad of six, was having his pensions credit and housing benefit suspended because he had moved address – leaving him in a ‘hysterical’ state, she said.

Mrs Double added her ex-husband had lived at a different address for more than six years – where carers visit him three times a day, three days a week – so the letters must have been triggered maliciously.

She also believes the letters are linked to campaign of harassment she was subjected to four years ago, a campaign she said only stopped because she had begun proceedings to move out of Kedington, only to then change her mind and stay.

“When you are doing this to a man with Alzheimer’s, it’s a totally different story to doing it to me,” she said.

“To do that to someone with Alzheimer’s is disgusting.”

Mrs Double, who herself is in poor health and under the care of Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals, contacted the Department for Pensions and St Edmundsbury Council.

They each lifted the suspensions after finding the claims to be false.

Mrs Double said: “Look at the performance we have had to go through, and look at the effect it’s had on someone who has Alzheimers.

“I’m running my life without any help and I’m running his life, too, so I could do without these people who are affecting his life, because it’s not nice, is it?”