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Charity man loses benefit after 200 mile cycle ride

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Van Nick, 18 Mar 2008.

  1. Van Nick

    Van Nick New Member

    Location:
    Leicester
  2. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    :smile:ffs, looks like he has a condition he was born with, and isn't pulling a fast one...
    :angry: however, too many people are on disability benefit when there's plenty of things they could be doing to earn a crust and keep the wheels turning, so if he can cycle 200 miles, he can answer a phone, or teach a class, or etc etc....
     
  3. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    It doesn't say, but it's quite possible the benefits are for aids to help him lead as normal as life as he can - he may well work already, but need adapted help in the house or something. Also, his condition may be (I don't know about it, I admit) something that flares up unpredictably, making working reliably difficult. Or something that only allows activity in short bursts. I certainly tend to err on his side. Considering the number of people who are perfectly fit, and do work, but wouldn't consider getting off their fat arses and doing anything for charity, it seems bloody petty.
     
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    Van Nick

    Van Nick New Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    Yes, it's an interesting one isn't it ?

    I saw him on the news last night and he was saying that he basically powered and steered his bike by only using the left side of his body.
     
  5. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Some if not all disability benefits are paid regardless of income.
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    they should have a heart...he's trying to help his 2 kids who have both got leukaemia. he wasnt trying to do a paid job on the sly, it was a charity ride.
     
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    If his ability to complete the event show that he doesn't meet the criteria for the disability then he should lose it.

    It's simple.
     
  8. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    The money raised was his thanks to the charity that had been there to support his sick children. As the money went to a charity, I don't think he 'owes' the taxpayer anything.

    Who is to say that he could continue that level of mobility over a period of employment? It was a one off test of strength, determination and genorousity.

    You have to consider his motivation for attempting the ride in the first place. 200 miles is also a piddling distance when you think of how many miles we able bodied choose to ride per annum.
     
  9. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    when i went to Paris there was a guy that cycled all the way with one leg. i doubt they would have removed any benefit this man recieved.

    i can quite see that this guy could do this ride, but have trouble living a day to day life, so no, i don't think this man should lose his benefits. i think they should concentrate on the real benefit cheats.
     
  10. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I agree. If he can ride a bike, he can work surely?
     
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Where does it say he doesn't work?

    And I know people who find it easier to ride a bike than walk for example - a bike is a remarkably efficient way of getting about. Or people who might manage this on a good day, but be virtually bedridden on a bad one.

    He might be perfectly able to do waht he did, and still fulfil the criteria of his benefits, which might simply be a top up to help pay for special equipment or something.
     
  12. Maz

    Maz Guru

    maybe he's working already. maybe he isn't. the article doesnt say.
     
  13. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I'm guessing that as the benefits were taken away from him that is not the case?
     
  14. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    On that basis, anyone who can speak could work in a caller center.
     
  15. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    Disability benefit =/= the dole.

    Also, this was discussed in Soapbox eons ago.