Change of law regarding overseas car mobility for disabled students
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Hi my name is Steven Fenn and I am student at The University of Essex who is currently in Lyon on a year abroad Erasmus program.
As I am disabled and wheelchair bound, I have often encountered problems getting from A to B. However, as of March 2016, a lot of these problems were alleviated when I was able to obtain my own Motability vehicle.
Now settled in Lyon, I have been informed by the DWP that as I am leaving the UK for more than 13 weeks, after that time I am no longer entitled to my car.
I could understand that if I was planning to reside permanently in France (and not just for the year) that I would no longer be entitled to my car but this year abroad is part of an ENGLISH university degree and taking away my car would make it extremely difficult for me to manage whilst out here.
The British Government is all for Equal Opportunities but with this law, because of my physical condition, it is extremely important that I am not out in the cold and wet for long periods and taking my car away from me would mean I would have to 'walk' to uni (15 mins away) meaning if the weather was really bad, I would have to sit in wet and damp clothes all day or not attend at all. The only other alternative is a taxi which would be expensive and the way that my classes are set out, it could mean 4 taxis per day at my expense once again.
I would like the law to be amended, adding a clause that takes into account exceptional circumstances such as my own and even if it is not implemented during my time abroad, it is something I feel very passionate about as I don't want other people in similar situations to encounter this stressful problem in the future.
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