A man born without arms and legs has spoken out after he was forced to prove he could not work for the third time this year.

Kevin Donnellon, a Thalidomide survivor, slammed the benefits system having been asked to fill in yet another 24-page “fit-to-work” questionnaire.

The dad of two was told his benefits would stop if he did not complete the form.

Kevin, one of around 2,000 babies left disabled by the morning sickness drug Thalidomide, told Mirror Online: “It’s not like my arms and legs have grown.”

The 58-year-old, from Crosby, worked hard for a living up until 15 years ago when he began to develop back problems from wearing prosthetic legs and suffered health complications from type 2 diabetes.

He also gained a degree in social sciences and works with adults who have learning disabilities.

Kevin Donnellon has slammed the benefits system
Kevin Donnellon has slammed the benefits system

He said: "My last paid job was 15 years ago. Now I’m not as healthy. I’ve got severe backache from the artificial legs I used to wear – they weren’t the fantastic prosthetics you get these days. I’ve also got type 2 diabetes.

“This government seems to have targeted disabled people.

"I have a lot of disabled friends who are terrified when they get these letters they’re going to have benefits taken away.

“Twice in the last year I’ve had to fill in questionnaires. Now I’ve a third, due back on December 25. Merry Christmas.

"It feels vindictive. The questions are intrusive, very personal. I was born like this – you’d think my details would be on the system.”

Kevin is one of around 2000 children to be affected by the Thalidomide drug
Kevin is one of around 2000 children to be affected by the Thalidomide drug

Kevin had to fill out a form for PIP payments to replace his Disability Living Allowance, and two “capability for work” forms for Universal Credit, to replace Employment and Support Allowance.

He said: "I’ve worked in the past but I can’t do anything full-time. All these cuts are simply cruel."

The DWP said the reassessments were part of the transition from DLA to PIP and those with life-long conditions would then only have “light-touch” 10-year reviews.

A spokesman added: “Mr Don­nellon has been awarded ESA indefinitely following a recent reassessment and the highest rate of PIP with a light-touch review in 10 years.”

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