“I had never been made to feel like a criminal before,” says Phil Bungay, a 56-year-old with Parkinson’s disease, as he recalls standing in court fighting for his disability benefits which were stripped away by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
“Going through the court process and being treated as a criminal was the lowest of the low for me. I’m not a criminal here. I’m just going through hoops to appeal because they got it wrong. It is unbelievable.”
Bungay was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago. It is a complex, fluctuating and degenerative neurological condition which people experience in different ways. There are more than 40 symptoms, and Bungay says it can change from minute to minute.