A SEVERELY disabled young man who is unable to talk, read or write and needs round-the-clock care has been targeted yet again by the Department of Work and Pensions because of Tory government changes to disability benefits.
Last year The National revealed how Stuart Chester, who has Down’s syndrome, epilepsy and autism and is unable to feed or wash himself, had to prove he was unfit for work or risk losing his Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
The 25-year-old was sent a 20-page Work Capability Assessment form to fill in and his mother Debbie McKenzie, 51, said receiving the form had caused her “undue stress”.
However, she did fill in the form last August and was eventually told he would have DLA for life as his condition was never going to change.
Now the DWP has dropped another bombshell and sent Stuart a 42-page form to fill in to prove he is severely disabled and entitled to the the new PIP (Personal Independence Payment) that is replacing the DLA.
Debbie, from Glasgow, said: “I couldn’t believe it when Stuart got yet another form from the DWP, which was 42 pages long this time, asking for medical evidence to prove Stuart was entitled to the PIP which is replacing the DLA.
“It is an absolute nightmare after all we went through last year with the DWP work capability forms. We were eventually told last year that Stuart would have the DLA for life and then they go and change the DLA to PIP.