Jack’s benefits have been cut – now he gets so cold he turns BLUE

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Universal Credit is not the only benefit the Tories are misusing to harm the poor.

Seven-year-old Jack Woods has a condition which means only half of his heart is capable of working and he is unable to control his own body temperature.

It means his family have to heat their house all the time – even in the summer – but the Tories have decided he is not worth saving and have cut his disability benefits, child tax credit, and his mother’s carer’s allowance.

Here’s the Daily Mirror:

The family of a boy whose rare heart condition means he can’t control his own body temperature are struggling to get by – because they can’t afford to heat their home.

Jack Woods, seven, had his first heart operation at just six-days-old and was later diagnosed with the heart condition Tricuspid atresia which meaning only half of his heart is capable of working.

The illness means that he can’t control his own body temperature and is always cold – so mum Ashleigh, 31, has to keep the family’s heating on all year round.

The family have been spending up to £200 a month on heating bills over the summer.

But Jack’s disability benefits and child tax credit has now been cut – as well as his carer’s allowance – thanks to government cutbacks.

After an appeal was made, the claim was denied for the second time and Ashleigh is currently waiting for a tribunal date to be set.

Ashleigh, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, said: “They stopped the benefits without any warning or assessment… We have lost around £1,700 a month in benefits and we are struggling to keep the heating on, especially now it’s colder.”

Note: You may be wondering why the image accompanying this article is of a cute cat (that happens to be blue). It refers to a tweet by This Site’s good friend and fellow campaigner Samuel Miller:

Fair comment, I thought. Let’s try attaching images of cute animals to stories of the Tories’ “calculated cruelty” over benefits and see if attitudes change.

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5 thoughts on “Jack’s benefits have been cut – now he gets so cold he turns BLUE

  1. Justin

    Something for the tory to be really proud about, the assessor as well and the dm, sadly this won’t be the last time we hear something like this, so what are we doing wrong, well we need to follow a tory example,have a hour bath every morning, while we collect our mp wages and put the bill for the bath on expenses, this sound’s ideal,get paid 67k+, have a second house, do other jobs,have a bath and put that on expenses, may as well have a 30 pound breakfast as well, about time this country led by example, no second house, no expenses except travel and get rid of cameron force one ( 2nd class,easyjet etc( hotel (t/lodge.easyhotel) and food, no more than 5 pounds for breakfast 10 pounds for a meal, 1.1 litre cars, pushbikes for london (boris bikes) we told to look for ways to cut waste look at that lot wow then get rid of third rate companies that do asssessments, go parliament vote on that , be strong and stable and build a country that works or everyon. you won’t get the 350 million back but that lot will count and attendance for mp and lords has to be 90 percent or face a pay cut. and make them all accountable, Sounds fair, we can then be strong and stable!!!

  2. Pension60Now

    The Tories need a general strike like in France that is against the state and not any boss, in the rolling one day national strikes done again and again and informed in advance for people to make alternative arrangements.

  3. blackghost55

    Sick vile tories…..

    Meanwhile we have creatures like this

    Tory MP who has hour-long bath every morning claimed over £650 in parliamentary expenses for his water bills…..

    But guess what Mr. Loughton didn’t tell BBC Five Live? That the water bill for his flat in London is covered by parliamentary expenses…

    Via Evolve politics blog…

    1. justin

      my comment about this got took of, this person should be investigated for misuse of public funds and if necessary referred to the police/cps, though cps won’t do anything, they never do unless it is a easy target, in the interim mp’s expenses should be looked at to bring them in line with real world

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