A teenager who was receiving benefits after having his arms and legs amputated after almost dying of meningitis was asked to prove his disability or possibly lose benefits.
Edward Bright, who uses a wheelchair was informed that to receive his Personal Independence Payment after his 16th birthday, he would need to attend a meeting in person or risk losing his benefits, The Daily Mirror reported.
The Department for Work and Pensions has a somewhat chequered record with some reports indicating that approximately 2,000 people had died after being declared ‘fit to work’ between 2011-2014, with notable cases such as amputee, war veteran Gordan Lang, who told told to go back to work, despite a terminal cancer diagnosis.
Steve Bright, Edward’s father told the Independent: “It’s absolutely disgusting. He’s a quad amputee for God’s sake. It isn’t like he’s going to get better. He isn’t going to suddenly grow new arms and legs. We were shocked to be asked to attend the meeting. They know full well the extent of his disabilities. They have no hearts.”
After complaining to Capita, the private company that processes assessments on the Government’s behalf, the family were told that a member of staff would visit them at home and interim payments would be made – although Edward’s mother, Clare, says no such payments have been received.
The DWP insisted interim benefits payments had been made.