A disabled man with an inoperable brain tumour has been left without social security support

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Karl Riley, who is recovering from double brain surgery, says he's been struggling to pay bills after his benefits were suspended three months (Photo: Karl Riley)

Karl Riley, who is recovering from double brain surgery, says he’s been struggling to pay bills after his benefits were suspended three months (Photo: Karl Riley) 

A man who has an inoperable brain tumour has condemned the government after his benefit support was stopped, leaving both his partner and himself with just £5 a week to feed themselves.

Karl Riley says that he’s been living below the bread line since his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and housing benefit were taken away three months ago when he moved in with his partner, whose income is just a few hundred pounds a month.

Karl, who is 32, says that he has a tumour that is embedded in his brain stem. This has caused him to suffer severe neurological symptoms, such as permanent limited mobility, double vision, memory loss, confusion, extreme anxiety, depression, nausea, insomnia, tinnitus and facial paralysis. 

Despite his health problems, Karl…

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