End the uncertainty for disabled people who are having their adapted vehicles taken away
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My name is Dave Gale. I have Becker muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting condition that severely impacts my mobility.
I need a car to get to my job 30 miles away to provide for my family. I can’t use a regular car because of my condition, but I have a government-funded Motability car that is adapted to my needs.
However, the government is in the process of reassessing all disabled people’s benefits, and when mine were assessed in 2016, they decided to take my car away.
On 11 October, I had to give my Motability vehicle back. I was devastated and lodged an appeal to get it back.
In the meantime I had no choice but to use our family savings to buy a new adapted car in order to keep my job.
An appeal tribunal eventually overturned the original decision– but our savings are gone.
Sadly, mine is not an exceptional story. Since 2013, 50,000 people have lost their Motability vehicles as the government has been moving people from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Many get them back on appeal. But before that point, too many of us have seen our savings wrecked or our independence compromised because the Government haven’t conducted their assessment process correctly.
There is a very simple solution: people should be allowed to keep their vehicles until their appeals have been heard.
Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Disabled People, told Parliament last year that she was going to do something to help people in my position. But months later, the minister has said nothing more.
We need to make sure that Penny keeps her promise, and we need your support to make sure that thousands more people don’t face the problems I have faced.
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