THE story of a former marine who lost his benefits despite having a false leg is just one of a number that have shocked politicians.
AARON Moon was left horribly maimed while serving his country in Afghanistan.
He lost a leg, suffered multiple broken bones and was forced to leave the job he loved working as a Royal Marine attached to Arbroath-based 45 Commando.
Still a young man, and with his life seriously blighted, he arrived back in Britain. His only hope was that the country he had sacrificed so much for would look after him.
He had good cause for optimism. After all, the much talked about military covenant makes it clear that soldiers will be properly looked after if they are badly injured on duty.
But what happened next is almost beyond belief.
The Government’s scandal-hit benefit checkers Atos pulled him in for a “fit for work” assessment.
During the test, a nurse asked him to point to his right foot. He told them he didn’t have one.
They asked him to wiggle the toes on his right foot. He told them he didn’t have any.
This indignity was only the start of his ordeal.
Four days later, he was told his disability living allowance was being stopped as he was fit for work.
When he asked how this could be, benefits chiefs told him his false leg was as good as a real one so his allowance was being halted.
That any disabled person in Britain in the 21st century should be put through such indignity is a disgrace.
That it should happen to a man who has sacrificed his future for the good of this country is a national scandal.
The Daily Record has been highlighting the inhumanity of Atos tests for the last two weeks.
Now former Labour minister Liam Byrne, speaking in Glasgow yesterday, has become the latest to join our call for a review of the way these tests are run.
If this Con-Dem Government had any humanity, they would beat a retreat and go back to the drawing board.