Ordeal: Edward Bright, the quadruple amputee whose disability benefit claim was questioned by the Department for Work and Pensions [Image: David Marsden/Page One].

It may be surprising to learn that there is nothing surprising about this – the DWP once infamously asked an amputee when he expected his missing limb to grow back.

The family of Edward Bright are absolutely right that the DWP already had all the information it needed as Edward had been claiming DLA as a child and this was a simple transfer to PIP.

The DWP has now claimed the whole episode was a “mistake”. Does anybody really believe that?

Call me a pessimist if you want, but This Writer reckons there was probably some sinister “nudge” psychology going on – “He’s a quadruple amputee, he’s never likely to be off-benefits or have much quality of life (that may not be true, but it’s how their minds seem to work), so let’s see how he reacts if we threaten what little he has”.

Another attempt at chequebook euthanasia? You decide.

The parents of a teenage ­quadruple amputee have accused benefits bosses of being “heartless” for threatening to stop his money.

Edward Bright lost his arms and legs to meningitis, aged seven, and his family have since claimed £388-a-month Disability Living Allowance on his behalf.

After he turned 16 last month, the wheelchair-bound youngster had to claim again for the Personal Independence Payment, which has replaced DLA.

The family filled in a form saying he needed help with almost all aspects of his daily life, but were shocked to get a letter ordering him to attend a face-to-face meeting or risk losing his benefits.

Source: Boy with no arms and legs told he must prove he is disabled to keep his benefits – Mirror Online

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