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A terminally-ill man undergoing exhausting treatment for a brain tumour has been told to get a job by a heartless Department for Work and Pensions, as it refused to put him on Universal Credit.
Michael McLalland, 60, was diagnosed with a tumour on the right side of his brain while on holiday in Canada in July.
Despite being told he had only nine months to live and undergoing radiotherapy every day, bureaucrats at the DWP told the former taxi driver he did not qualify for Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance.
He had to give up work because his medical condition means he cannot drive. And he has been told he cannot claim his pension either, according to the Daily Record.
Now he has to deal with a constant barrage of letters from the government department, many of which are written in language so opaque it is impossible to understand.
And all this is on top of the fact that Mr Mclelland is the father of Paisley murder victim Craig McLelland, who was stabbed to death in 2017, and has spent two years seeking justice for his son.
He seems to think he’ll get Personal Independence Payments but I have doubts about that.
There is a system by which people with terminal illnesses receive the benefit if they are expected to die within six months but the DWP also has a history of denying this to people in need.
The DWP would say it is only following orders – in the same way that World War II German soldiers said they were only following orders.
I tend to agree with ‘Robin Red’, below, who was writing about the death of another DWP victim:
The DWP's policies amount to murder. How much longer can they be allowed to continue in their campaign of terror? The UK is the 5th richest country in the world. Our sick and disabled should not be subject to dehumanising tests and arbitrary rulings #HostileEnvironment #ToriesOut https://t.co/azmzcxnZZT
— RobinRed #AbolishTheMonarchy #JC4PM2019 #GTTO (@reddm11) October 10, 2019
He’s right but our Tory government is too busy to pay any attention.
It is hard at work pursuing its modernised ‘Aktion T4’ policy to kill the sick and disabled.
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