Blind man Tony Harris told he is fit for work

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As the UK government continues to reform the welfare system, a 52-year-old man registered blind since he was 16 has been telling BBC Wales how he has lost benefits after being assessed as being fit for work.

With incapacity benefit being scrapped, Tony Harris attended a work capability assessment last September to see if he was eligible for its replacement, employment support allowance.

He says he was shocked to be told by letter in December that he was fit for work and not eligible for the allowance.

Mr Harris says he can barely see and can hardly use his hands due to rheumatoid arthritis,

He told BBC Wales political reporter Mark Hannaby he has lost £38 a week and is worried about going into debt and losing his home.

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