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A father-of-two left with half a head after having part of his skull removed following a stroke has had his benefits slashed. Kenny Bailey, 50, suffers from memory loss, is paralysed along his left side and has a severe limp, but has been told by the Department for Work and Pensions he is 'fit to work'. 

After undergoing a medical examination, government officials told him his £78-per week employment and support allowance would be stopped.

Mr Bailey, of Barnsley, south Yorkshire, has accused the DWP of 'picking on the disabled' and said he needed the cash to pay for his specially-adapted bungalow.  He 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.  'I use the money to pay my bills - gas, electric, water, council tax and whatever - and whatever is left over I use to buy food.

'But because I can use my right side they are saying I'm fit for work. I can't use my arm, I've got a bad limp and I can't concentrate on things.' He added: 'If someone asks me something that happened a few years ago I can't remember. I have to write all my doctor's appointments down because I can't remember them. 'It is not fair what they are doing. They are picking on the disabled.'

Speaking to The Sun, he added: 'I hate how I look. I'm so self conscious. I feel as though people are always staring at me. "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.' Mr Bailey was working at a Greggs bakery when he suffered the stroke in June 2014. He underwent emergency surgery to reduce swelling on his brain with doctors fearing he would not survive.

Mr Bailey was also a carer for his disabled daughter Morgan, seven, before the medical emergency.   Mr Bailey, who is currently separated from wife Emma with whom he has daughters Morgan and Mia, two, added he would appeal the decision.  He said he 'could not change Mia's nappies' or play with his children and is stunned the DWP consider him able to work.

The only other benefit he receives is a £117-per-week Personal Independent Payment to help with long-term sickness. He is due to have an operation to insert a metal plate into his skull to protect his brain and reshape his head.  A DWP spokesman said: 'Work Capability Assessments help ensure that people get the level of support they need rather than just writing them off on sickness benefits as happened in the past.

'The decision on whether someone is well enough to work is taken following a thorough independent assessment and after consideration of all the supporting evidence from the claimant's GP or medical specialist. 'A claimant who disagrees with the outcome of their assessment can appeal.'

Credit: Daily Mail.

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