Same Difference has a cautionary tale about the way our government treats its war veterans, even while commemorating the centenary of World War I.
GET a job – but it does not matter if you cannot travel there.
That’s what amputee Gordon Lang has been told by the Department of Work and Pensions.
Mr Lang appealed against a decision to stop his Employment Support Allowance after he was told he should be able to work.
But that was rejected and he has now lost his ESA. The DWP said it looked at if he could work, not how he might travel to and from a job.
The government department said he might work at home or an employer could supply transport.
The former Royal Marine, who served in the Falklands conflict said: ‘There probably are (jobs that come with transport) but certainly not in Gosport.
‘I’m absolutely gutted. I did 25 years in the services. I took about a year after that.
‘The only reason I had to stop working is because my amputation means I could not do the job I was doing.’
Mr Lang, 62, was assessed at his home by Atos but said he was not asked to carry out any tasks with or without his prosthetic or outside.
He claims that if he had been asked to do so, his mobility issues would be clear.
For further information, read the article on Same Difference.
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