Benefit tales

Disabled Robert Barlow died last November aged 47 while suffering from a heart defect and brain tumour

Robert Barlow died last November aged 47 while suffering from a heart defect and brain tumour.  He was deemed fit to work by benefits assessors Atos despite doctors at the time urging him to have a heart transplant – he passed away less than two years later.

Now his family and Labour MP Luciana Berger want the Government to learn lessons from this tragic case.

His aunt Joan Westland, 85, said: “I don’t know how they expected him to work. Nobody would have loved to work more than him but he simply couldn’t.”

University of Liverpool graduate Mr Barlow, from Wavertree , worked as a Government scientist but gave up his job nine years ago when diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy, a weakness or failure of the heart muscle.

By the end of his…

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