Radioactive man told to go back to work

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.'Story: Peter Foley from Wakefield is officially radioactive and is not allowed to spend more than one hour with anyone. He has also been told by the Department of Work & Pensions that he is fit and able to go back to work - which will bring him into close contact with people.'Photo Date: 18/03/15
Newspaper: Wakefield Express.'Story: Peter Foley from Wakefield is officially radioactive and is not allowed to spend more than one hour with anyone. He has also been told by the Department of Work & Pensions that he is fit and able to go back to work - which will bring him into close contact with people.'Photo Date: 18/03/15

A radioactive man who isn’t allowed to be in close contact with people was told to go back to work by government officials.

Peter Foley, 54, had his sick pay stopped by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and was declared fit for work – despite being banned from standing in the queue at the job centre because treatment for an overactive thyroid means he gives off harmful radiation.

Mr Foley, of Rishworth Street, Wakefield, said: “I am amazed that the DWP decided I am fit for work, even though I am radioactive because of the radioiodine treatment I’m having.

“I’m not allowed near anyone, or on public transport and yet they say I should go to work.

“I wasn’t even allowed to stand in the queue at the job centre as I had to tell them about my condition. I had to fill in the paperwork in the doorway.

“I have been unable to work because of my overactive thyroid for around five months now.

“The condition has altered my brain chemistry and it gives me terrible tremors and severe depression and anxiety and this situation is just making it worse.”

Now, thanks to the Express, the DWP has reassessed Mr Foley’s case and he has been declared unfit for work.

His daughter, Samantha Foley said: “I can’t thank the Express enough. I’m so pleased the DWP have changed their minds and given my dad the back pay he was owed.

“It was absolutely ridiculous and a huge worry for us.”

A DWP spokesperson said: “For someone to claim benefits they need to provide evidence to back up their claim.

“Mr Foley has now provided additional information and has been awarded employment and support allowance.

“We have backdated his payments.”