A PARTIALLY-SIGHTED man with one functioning arm says he feels “harassed” after being told all his benefits could be stopped by the Government.
Michael Wright, who lives in Royal College Street, Camden Town, has a completely limp right arm and still is prescribed top-level pain medication following a motorcycle crash 20 years ago.
He said: “I realise that I’m no longer a fit member of society. I don’t expect much. I would like to have some perks, not much – I don’t expect to go to the pub or the cinema. But I do like some things, I like to get a bottle of cologne now and then because I can start to smell a bit.”
He added: “What people do not realise is that this can happen to anyone, anyone can cross the street and get run over. When you get injured like this you lose your friends, it is inevitable, people do not want to see others suffer.
Describing himself as a “cripple”, he has already had his benefits cut following welfare reforms and has been told he will lose his remaining benefits – around £400 a month – if he does not complete a 50-page form by tomorrow (Friday).
He said: “What is happening to this world? I cannot even see the form properly and I only have one arm working, the other one just dangles. Now I am in a financial mess – it’s the first time in 20 years I’ve been in the red.”
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