Robert was a former government scientist who had stopped work nine years ago because of a serious heart condition and brain tumour. Doctors estimated he had another 18 months to live. At his Employment and Support Allowance assessment, he was deemed fit for work. His aunt says, “Robert was a trained classical pianist. He could cook, and he had a beautiful sense of humour. He loved cricket and was very knowledgeable about lots of subjects. He had very little money on benefits and nothing at all when his money was stopped. He was very, very distressed after his assessment. I feel he should have been left to enjoy what little time he had left.”