‘How could you be so heartless?’ – Government stop benefits of severely disabled man

The Durham man, who is registered blind among other conditions, has had his benefits stopped after failing to respond to a letter

A severely disabled man and his family have been thrown into despair after Whitehall beancounters decided to stop paying vital disability benefits.

County Durham man Alan Moody, 60, was declared unfit to work by his GP some 10 years ago after being diagnosed with cerebellar ataxia – a rare genetic brain condition.

Despite this Mr Moody of Leith Gardens, Stanley was summoned to a Department for Work and Pensions ‘work capability assessment’ so that he could continue to qualify to receive employment and support allowance – which equates to £450 a month.

One of the effects of Mr Moody’s condition is blindness and because of this he did not read the letter sent to him by the DWP.

As a result of his non reply the DWP took the decision on November 2 to stop paying the vital £225 a fortnight to Mr Moody.

Elder brother Terry Moody, 65, who is also Alan’s carer, told how he pleaded and appealed to the DWP to review their decision – something they did and stood by.

He said: “I cannot believe they’ve done this, how could they be so heartless. He has been disabled for 10 years, he cannot work, he needs this money.

“I have tried appealing to them but they say they are standing by it, I am trying to appeal again”

Read more and see the video here: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-could-you-heartless-government-12259086#ICID

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