I have a friend in a similar situation to this. Her now adult son would be absolutely terrified of having any assessment; he won’t speak to strangers, and to force him will bring on an epileptic fit. He can’t even speak a proper sentence, read or write.
They used to have social workers years ago to help avoid such circumstances, but you can’t get them to help with these things nowadays.
It’s a waste of money reassessing claims like these, and unfair to those who suffer due to it.
Stuart Chester, who has Down’s syndrome, epilepsy and autism and is unable to feed or wash himself, is being told by officers in the Tory minister’s Department for Work and Pensions to prove he is unfit for work.
The 25-year-old has been sent a controversial 20-page work capability assessment form to fill in that will investigate his fitness for work and whether he deserves his Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) benefits.
Last night Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil described Stuart’s case as “absolutely outrageous” and “shameful”.
Stuart has been given a deadline of September 18 to complete the complicated and detailed document and return it to the DWP.
His mother Deborah McKenzie…
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