160802 Richard Brookes

This is Richard Brookes.

He has no arms and relies on a wheelchair and a Motability car to move around, and is therefore claiming state benefits to compensate for his disability.

Unfortunately, it seems he isn’t disabled enough.

His wife Sarah wrote on her Facebook page: “Don’t normally share my private matters on Facebook, but when my armless and disabled, crippled in pain husband has been assessed as able to walk up to 50m with walking aids, (quite a feat considering he has no arms and no-one has advised how he maybe able to use these so called aids!), and that he could lose the lifeline of his motability car within two weeks, that is when you know the system is very cruel.

“Thanks IDS. I am so angry and worried for Richard Brookes.

“DWP should be ashamed of themselves….and the irony is he used to work for them….yes my disabled husband worked all his life until last May, and now the government that should help him is ruining his life.”

Incredible, isn’t it?

It takes This Writer back to the days when the old Atos assessors asked amputees when their arms or legs were likely to have grown back.

The amount of ignorance is astonishing.

Even more shocking is the number of people commenting on Mrs Brookes’s Facebook post, blaming “scroungers and cheats” for the treatment of her husband.

The amount of sickness and disability fraud is negligible. Only around 0.4 per cent of claimants are committing fraud – one in every 250 people – yet still they are used by the ignorant as an excuse for Conservative cruelty. “If they weren’t scrounging, there would be more money for people who are really disabled.”

No. Not at all. Fraud is completely irrelevant to the Tory plan.

The aim has always been to put more and more obstacles in the way of genuine claimants so they either go away or die before their claim is approved.

After years of campaigning by people like This Writer and others, nothing has changed.

Apart from the fact that the amount of benefit available to claimants has been cut.

That’s Tory Britain, folks.

That’s their “economy that works for everyone”.

How do you like it?


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