Partially sighted amputee told he no longer qualifies for disability benefits

An amputee from Cornwall says he's shocked and angry after being told he's not considered disabled enough to receive benefits.>Richard Hart from St Dennis had an above the knee amputation 15 years ago and is partially sighted. But he's now received a letter from the government telling him he no longer qualifies for his disability payments.

Mr Hart had an assessment for the new Personal Independence Payment in January. But then only last week a letter from the Department of Work arrived with stunning news for him and his wife Emma.

Richard's left leg was amputated 15 years ago after breaking it in an awkward fall. >It didn't heal well partly as a result of his Type 1 diabetes. He can drive an automatic car, but problems with one eye means he can't drive at night.

He's also awaiting surgery on an arthritic right knee.

Just three years ago social services recognised his problems and provided a grant for a downstairs wet room which Richard says has made a real difference.

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His diabetes means his blood sugar levels are critical and he's had several falls when that's been too low.

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The loss of his disability benefits also means he'll no longer qualify for a car through the motability scheme, and Emma will lose her carers allowance.>After the release of Richard's story, he received a call telling him he would be reassessed and could expect a new decision in two weeks.

The Department for Work and Pensions also sent us this statement: