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Government takes away benefits from blind man who was unable to read letter they sent him in the mail

By Mason White 7:36 PM January 9, 2017
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By: Tanya Malhotra

A disabled man of the United Kingdom, is in shock after the government took away his benefits because he did not respond to a letter he could not read.

60-year-old Alan Moody of Stanley, said that he is unable to work due to suffering from cerebellar ataxia, which is a rare genetic brain condition.

The disease also caused him to go blind.

Moody’s doctor declared him unfit to work about 10 years ago, at which time he began receiving government benefits of around $500 per month.

Recently, the Department for Work and Pensions sent a letter to Moody, summoning him to their office in order to undergo a work assessment.

Since Moody was unable to read the letter due to his blindness, he did not show up at the office. As a result, his benefits were taken away.

Moody’s 65-year-old brother Terry, who is also his caretaker, pleaded with the government to reinstate the benefits, but they refused his request.

The government is standing by their decision, saying that it is essential for people to show up at the work assessment to make sure that those receiving benefits are still unable to work.