It’s amazing that benefit-providing authorities are still pretending to be this stupid.
Read the following tweet, and I’ll provide a text version of the attachment (for those who can’t read images) afterwards:
I’ve recently tried to renew my blue badge but was told I didn’t qualify for one and to supply more evidence of my disability.
After an appointment with my doctor, he composed a letter for me…
Please can we show some appreciation for this legend 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/WahKMkne9q
— Ben. (@benperry_2001) August 29, 2021
Are you with me so far? Ben’s local council contacted him to say that his disability did not qualify him for a Blue Badge – used to gain privileged parking for disabled drivers.
Council officers wanted to see evidence of his disability. So he contacted his doctor and asked for a letter providing details.
This is what the doctor wrote:
“I was most surprised to be asked for a statement of fact regarding Ben’s disability. I can assure you that he has indeed had a traumatic amputation of his right lower leg in a road traffic accident. This has left him severely debilitated with chronic phantom limb syndrome and perpetual pain in his stump which on some days allows him to be independently mobile and other days leaves him unable to walk independently.
“I would be grateful if you could take this into account when dealing with his requests for blue badges in the future.
“It is of course unlikely that this situation will change unless medical science allows us to re-grow a new leg for him.”
It reminds me of an image I used to use, years ago, to illustrate that way Department for Work and Pensions officers would try to diddle people with severe disabilities out of their benefits by putting them through pointless repeated benefit assessments, because they knew the experience would cause severe distress.
The image was of a quadruple-amputee and the caption was something like “Every six months the DWP demands that she attend a re-assessment interview… IN CASE THEY’VE GROWN BACK.”
As the doctor’s letter states: unless there’s a sudden advance in medical science that makes limb regrowth feasible – and this is likely to be announced on all major new outlets, all over the world, so we’ll all know about it – then there is no point in pretending there is a reason to put people with disabilities through all this extra trouble.
All those years ago, I was charitable enough to believe it might be possible for people to genuinely believe it was possible for human beings to regrow amputated legs.
Now I am less tolerant – and I think it’s time for zero tolerance from the rest of us.
So, if a local authority – or the DWP – tries to demand that people with disabilities need to provide proof that they still have a disability that simply won’t go away…
Let’s name the authority and – where possible – the official responsible for the demand, and ask whether the person is too stupid to have such responsibility, or whether the authority itself is too stupid to be put in charge of such an important duty.
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