Amputee soldier loses benefit after walking 400m


A soldier who lost his leg in Afghanistan will lose his disability allowance after he learnt to walk 400m.

Pte Aron Shelton was told in a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions his £180-a-month benefit, would stop because he was able to walk 400 metres unaided.

He told Anita Anand on BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire programme "I felt like I had been let down by my own government".

A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: "Issues such as this one are why we are making changes to the way we assess eligibility to DLA.

"We want to introduce a new, more objective assessment to ensure the system is fairer and targets those most in need."

You can hear the whole interview here.

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