Benefit ordeal of man with no limbs shows nothing changed in nine years of Tory rule

Years ago, in the early days of This Site, I used to use an image of a young lady with no arms or legs. It was captioned with something like, “Every six months they call me to another interview… IN CASE THEY’VE GROWN BACK.”

This story proves that nothing has changed in nine years of Conservative rule – despite their many, many protestations that they have changed.

It concerns Kevin Donellon, 58, one of 2,000 people who were born with severe deformities and disabilities caused by the morning sickness drug Thalidomide. Only around 500 have survived into their 50s.

He has no arms or legs and his condition is well known to the National Health Service and the government – it has been since he was born.

Yet the Conservative-run Department for Work and Pensions, in its wisdom, has decided to demand that he provide proof of his disability.

In fact, he has been asked to fill in questionnaires twice in the last year.

As he said himself (according to the Welfare Weekly report): “It’s not like my arms and legs have grown.”

Before you jump to conclusions, Mr Donellon has a degree in social sciences and had a job until deteriorating health forced him to quit 15 years ago.

He’s not a “scrounger” or “skiver”, as Tory rhetoric would want you to believe.

But he’s concerned that the Conservatives are trying to reduce his standard of living, and he says he has many friends who are terrified of being stripped of their benefits.

They consider the current situation to be vindictive and intrusive.

And it’s not about to change.

Well, not unless we vote for a different government.

Source: Man born without arms or legs told to prove he is disabled enough for benefits

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3 thoughts on “Benefit ordeal of man with no limbs shows nothing changed in nine years of Tory rule

  1. TONY FISHER

    Mike there was an embedded ad on one of your articles yesterday message from Margeret Beckett when I clicked on it it from conservatives NOT to vote labour !!!!!! It was a false link 🙁

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      All the adverts that appear on your screen are based on what you’ve been watching lately. That’s how Adsense works – it tries to show you ads you want to see, based on your web habits.

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