Despite her breast cancer ordeal the DWP cut Val Armstrong's weekly cash
BBC Cumbria DJ had 2 years off after chemotherapy and losing both breasts
'When I was battling to get back to health, hurdles were put in my way'
Val is now back at work but says legal fight was a matter of principle
A BBC radio star has beaten the Government in a tribunal after they wrongly claimed she was fit to work as she recovered from intensive chemotherapy and losing both breasts.
Val Armstrong, of Carlisle, Cumbria, challenged the Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) after they unfairly cut her benefit.
The 48-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in August 2010 and as a result underwent a double mastectomy.
In pain from chemotherapy, the BBC Cumbria presenter was off work sick for two years and also suffered from insomnia.
Unwell: Radio presenter Val Armstrong was recovering from chemotherapy and cancer surgery when the Government unfairly cut her benefit. She is now healthy and back working at BBC Cumbria
Response: The DWP say that all Britons are able to appeal decisions, which they say are based on medical evidence
But after doing her homework Val soon found a regulation which stated that DWP hadn't followed their own rules.
She then took the DWP to a tribunal on April 3, 2013 which she won, and will now receive a back payment, and has returned to work.