A man who is partially paralysed and had half his skull removed after suffering a stroke, has been declared ‘fit for work’ by the Department for Work and Pensions and had his benefits cut.
Kenny Bailey had a large piece of his skull removed to save his life after he suffered a massive stroke, is paralysed down his left side and suffers with severe memory problems.
Despite his disabilities, the Father of two has been told his benefits are to be cut following a medical examination that was requested by the DWP.
The Daily Star reports:
His employment and support allowance which he uses to pay his bills is to be stopped because the DWP says he should be working.
Kenny, who is waiting for another operation to have a metal plate inserted to reshape his skull and protect his brain, said: “I’m so angry.
“There are people out there who are getting allowances and they are fit for work. But people like me who need it can’t get it.
“The money is used to pay my bills and to buy my food. Now I’m worried I won’t be able to survive and will lose my home.’’
Kenny, 50, of Barnsley, suffered the life-threatening stroke in a Greggs bakery shop two years ago.
It took an hour for an ambulance to arrive because of a mistake by the operator who took the 999 call.
Kenny had an emergency op to remove swelling on his brain and has been battling the debilitating effects of his condition ever since.
He said: “I would feel uncomfortable going back to work because I can’t use my left side.
“But because I can use my right side they’re saying I’m fit for work. This decision isn’t fair. I can’t use my arm, I’ve got a bad limp and I can’t concentrate. They’re picking on the disabled.’’
Kenny, who is separated from wife Emma, has regular contact with his children Morgan, seven, and two-year-old Mia but is unable to play with them or change Mia’s nappies.
A DWP spokesman said: “Work Capability Assessments help ensure that people get the level of support that they need, rather than just writing them off on sickness benefits as happened in the past.
“A claimant who disagrees can appeal.’’