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If you’re thinking this was a simple mistake, think again.

I do not doubt that the DWP official who ordered disabled Aaron Faulkner to travel 25 miles for a Universal Credit interview knew perfectly well that it was entirely inappropriate to make that demand.

But you see, if Mr Faulkner failed to appear, that’s an easy benefit saving. The DWP has been using this wheeze for years.

A teenager who cannot walk, talk or control his limbs was made to travel 25 miles for a ‘fit for work’ benefits interview.

Aaron Faulkner, 19, suffers from a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation.

The youngster, from Doncaster, cannot speak or communicate in any way, cannot control his arms and is fed through a tube in his stomach.

He also suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.

Despite this, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) insisted he make the 25 mile journey to the city centre Job Centre for an interview to assess his eligibility for Universal Credit.

Now the wheeze has been rumbled, the DWP has issued a statement saying, “We are very sorry a home visit was not arranged; it should have been. We have apologised to Ms Faulkner and are processing her son’s claim quickly to make sure she and her son have the support they need.”

But you should be aware that, if the story had not been published in the press, this family would have been cut off – and nobody at the Conservative-run DWP would have thought twice.

Source: Teenager unable to walk or talk made to travel 25 miles for benefits interview – Mirror Online

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