As Blind as the Prat

By DeusExMacintosh

 

A CWMCARN man faces having his incapacity benefit stopped after being declared fit to work despite being registered blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Tony Harris, 51, of Tribute Avenue, was called for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reassessment in November due to him claiming £199 every fortnight in incapacity benefit.

Mr Harris did so but was shocked to receive a letter this month telling him the department had given him a score of zero in all criteria, which means it is considered Mr Harris is fit to work.

His benefit will be stopped on December 29.

The letter from the DWP states it considers Mr Harris’ vision doesn’t prevent him from finding his way around familiar and unfamiliar places. It reads: “We have decided that you do not have limited capability for work.”

Mr Harris has been registered blind since he was 16 due to retinitis pigmentosa. This hereditary condition has caused his sight to deteriorate during his adult life, and he has used a guide dog for the past nine years.

South Wales Argus

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