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Teenager who can’t walk or talk is made to travel 25 miles for benefits interview

Lee amd Joanne Faulkner with son Aaron who has had to attend a fit for work interview despite having cerebral palsy and a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. See SWNS story SWLEcredit. He cannot walk, talk or control his arms and is fed by a tube ? but officials still made Doncaster teenager Aaron Faulkner travel 25 miles for a fitness to work interview. Devoted Doncaster mum Joanne Faulkner has spent the last 19 years taking care of her disabled son's every need because Aaron, of Kirk Sandall, suffers from a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. It means he is wheelchair-bound, also suffering cerebral palsy and breathing problems. He cannot speak or communicate at all, cannot control his arms, and is fed through a tube in his stomach. Yet his mum and dad were left flabbergasted when officials from the Department for Work and Pensions insisted he had to travel into Doncaster Jobcentre for a fitness for work interview for Universal Credit.
Lee and Joanne Faulkner with son Aaron (Picture: Doncaster Free Press/SWNS)

A youngster who can not converse, walk or management his limbs was made to travel 25 miles to have a health for work interview.

Aaron Faulkner, 19, has a uncommon situation referred to as unbalanced chromosome translocation in addition to cerebral palsy.

He makes use of a wheelchair, can not talk and is fed via a tube in his abdomen.

His mother and father have been shocked after they have been advised he would have to attend a Jobcentre appointment to get Universal Credit after leaving his particular faculty.

The teen was in respite care in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, when the interview was scheduled on August 12 after a pipe below his particular bathtub at residence exploded and flooded his room.

That meant the household had to travel 25 miles for the interview – simply to show that Aaron is not match to work regardless of his medical data stating his situation.

Lee amd Joanne Faulkner with son Aaron who has had to attend a fit for work interview despite having cerebral palsy and a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. See SWNS story SWLEcredit. He cannot walk, talk or control his arms and is fed by a tube ? but officials still made Doncaster teenager Aaron Faulkner travel 25 miles for a fitness to work interview. Devoted Doncaster mum Joanne Faulkner has spent the last 19 years taking care of her disabled son's every need because Aaron, of Kirk Sandall, suffers from a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. It means he is wheelchair-bound, also suffering cerebral palsy and breathing problems. He cannot speak or communicate at all, cannot control his arms, and is fed through a tube in his stomach. Yet his mum and dad were left flabbergasted when officials from the Department for Work and Pensions insisted he had to travel into Doncaster Jobcentre for a fitness for work interview for Universal Credit.
Aaron has cerebral palsy and a uncommon situation referred to as unbalanced chromosome translocation (Picture: Doncaster Free Press/SWNS)

Joanne says taking Aaron anyplace might be like a army operation and she requested the DWP to prepare a house go to but it surely was ignored.

The mum-of-two, from Kirk Sandall close to Doncaster, South Yorkshire, stated: ‘Aaron can’t do something for himself and depends on us.

‘Aaron is wheelchair-bound, now we have a specially-adapted car for him, together with his feeding pumps and all the pieces he wants in.

‘He is incontinent and makes use of nappies and has to be hoisted in every single place.

‘He wants two folks with him always, taking him anyplace might be like a army operation, we might be an hour getting all the pieces prepared to go.

‘It’s not a easy case of leaping in a car and going.

‘The man who we travelled to see for the interview couldn’t imagine it.

Lee amd Joanne Faulkner with son Aaron who has had to attend a fit for work interview despite having cerebral palsy and a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. See SWNS story SWLEcredit. He cannot walk, talk or control his arms and is fed by a tube ? but officials still made Doncaster teenager Aaron Faulkner travel 25 miles for a fitness to work interview. Devoted Doncaster mum Joanne Faulkner has spent the last 19 years taking care of her disabled son's every need because Aaron, of Kirk Sandall, suffers from a rare condition called unbalanced chromosome translocation. It means he is wheelchair-bound, also suffering cerebral palsy and breathing problems. He cannot speak or communicate at all, cannot control his arms, and is fed through a tube in his stomach. Yet his mum and dad were left flabbergasted when officials from the Department for Work and Pensions insisted he had to travel into Doncaster Jobcentre for a fitness for work interview for Universal Credit.
Aaron can not walk, talk or management his arms and is fed by a tube (Picture: Doncaster Free Press/SWNS)

‘He couldn’t imagine we’d been requested to come out to them for the interview, and stated he would put a be aware on his data so it didn’t occur once more.

‘They could just have looked at his disability records or his Personal Independence Payments records to know he cannot work – or they could just have contacted his GP or one of his specialist doctors.’

Since the appointment, Aaron, who has low immunity to sickness, has had to spend per week in hospital with pneumonia.

His household, nonetheless, say there is no proof this is due to his Jobcentre appointment.

‘We just want to make sure this doesn’t occur once more to Aaron or anybody else,’ stated Joanne.

A Spokesman stated: ‘We are very sorry a home visit was not arranged, it should have been.’

‘We have apologised to Ms Faulkner and are processing her son’s declare shortly to be certain that she and her son have the help they want.’

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