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Benefits cut a day after brain surgery

Issue No. 2213

The savagery of the government clampdown on benefits was highlighted in one case last week.

Bryan Haigh had surgery to remove a tumour from his brain—and two days later his Employment and Support benefit was cut.

Doctors warned Bryan that he shouldn’t drive for at least six months because of a risk of seizures. Surgery left him with 32 staples in his head.

“When the letter came, I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I do want to work but at the moment I just can’t. I feel like I have been kicked in the teeth.”

The Department for Work and Pensions has reversed the decision and apologised.

But Bryan will still receive just £65 per week.

The Tories are forcing sick and disabled people to live in misery. And they plan more attacks that will force the unfit back to work.

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Tue 3 Aug 2010, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2213
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