Sick dad has benefit cut

Mary Creagh urges council to re-instate critically ill Neil Wadsworth's  housing benefits
Mary Creagh urges council to re-instate critically ill Neil Wadsworth's housing benefits

A FATHER who cannot work because he needs a kidney and pancreas transplant said he could be left homeless after his housing benefit was stopped.

The council stopped paying Neil Wadsworth, who has to undergo daily dialysis while he waits for a life-saving operation, when he moved from a one-bedroom housing association flat in Lupset to a privately rented house on Dewsbury Road.

They said he could potentially benefit financially from renting the house which is owned by his ex-wife - an allegation denied by Mr Wadsworth.

Mr Wadsworth, 46, said: “I contacted the benefits office before I moved and they told me it would not be a problem. The old flat was too small for my daughter to stay over and I had no space to keep all the equipment I need for dialysis.”

Mary Creagh MP has urged Wakefield Council to re-instate the payments before he is kicked out for not keeping up with his rent.

In a letter she said: “I am told that the financial pressures he is experiencing, combined with being unable to pay his monthly bills, is exacerbating his condition.

“I am concerned that if the situation is not resolved soon my constituent’s health could deteriorate.”

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said it was following government guidelines on housing benefit.

Benefits advisers have agreed to visit Mr Wadsworth to try and find a solution to the situation.