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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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