A man who was born without all four limbs has spoken out and claimed his benefits are always on the line as he has to prove to officials that he’s unfit to work every four months.
As 58-year-old Kevin Donnellon from Merseyside, UK, explained, he is always forced to fill out long questionnaires and prove that he can’t work in order to continue receiving financial support.
“It’s not like my arms and legs have grown,” Kevin said of the matter.
“My last paid job was 15 years ago. Now I’m not as healthy. I’ve got severe backache from the artificial legs I used to wear – they weren’t the fantastic prosthetics you get these days.
“I’ve also got type 2 diabetes … This government seems to have targeted disabled people. I have a lot of disabled friends who are terrified when they get these letters they’re going to have benefits taken away.”
As the 58-year-old added, he believes the officials shouldn’t ask him the same stuff all over again because they already have the information in the system and know that his limbs can’t grow.
“It feels vindictive. The questions are intrusive, very personal. I was born like this – you’d think my details would be on the system,” he added.
“I’ve worked in the past, but I can’t do anything full-time. All these cuts are simply cruel.”
After the man’s revelation went viral, the Department of Work and Pensions’ spokesperson claimed that under new regulations people like Kevin would only have case reviews every 10 years.
“Mr Donnellon has been awarded ESA indefinitely following a recent reassessment and the highest rate of PIP with a light-touch review in 10 years,” the spokesperson said.
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