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There are so many similar stories that this should be self-explanatory.

What’s shocking is that this is still happening, nine years after the hated work capability assessments were introduced (yes, by Labour), and seven years after the Tories took over.

The reason? Tory changes have made the assessment system deadly – and that is exactly what the Conservatives, including Theresa May, want.

A stroke-victim has spoken about how an error by a private firm hired by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out disability assessments left him and his wife without vital benefits and in fear of losing their home.

Former businessman Alan Buchanan, 65, has been bed-ridden since suffering multiple strokes and is now fully dependent on his wife Heather and carers. Alan had his first seizure 15 years ago.

Ms Buchanan told the Independent that a benefits assessor from the private company Atos, contracted by the DWP to carry out assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), arrived at their home in Scotland two hours early.

Ms Buchanan said: “A lady came to the house at about nine in the morning. She said she was from Atos. I explained to her that I had asked for an appointment at 11am, because Alan’s carers are here before that.

She added: “I did ask her if she’d like to come in, basically to show her that he was there, in his bed. She could see his wheelchair and everything else sitting about because we live in a very small flat.

“She said ‘no it’s alright, we’ll reschedule’. Then she went away.”

However, Heather says Atos never called to rearrange the assessment and the couple later received a letter from the DWP informing them that Alan’s PIP benefits were ending, because he had not provided “a good enough reason” for failing to attend an assessment.

A few days later the couple received another letter informing them that Alan’s Attendance Allowance, a benefit similar to Carer’s Allowance for older people, would also be ending.

Source: Atos cock-up leaves stroke-victim without benefits and in fear of homelessness

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