Thousands of Disabled People Loose Motability Allowance

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“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled.”
Hubert Humphrey

This vile government has most definitely failed this test.

Please read the following and take action – Petition and MPs contact details further down

Thousands lose Motability allowance under new scheme:

“Almost 14,000 disabled people have had their specialist cars taken away following a government welfare change.

Approximately half of the owners who were reassessed under the scheme lost their Motability vehicle.

With many fully reliant upon the specially-adapted vehicles, this new move could mean a loss of independence for thousands of users.
In response, the government has argued that the new process is designed to be fairer. Drivers can also appeal the decision should they disagree.”

The current scheme uses a government-funded allowance to help more than 650,000 people lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

The Motability Scheme also helps disabled people fund the cost of adaptations such as a wheelchair hoist or hand controls.

Read More:
http://cars.aol.co.uk/2016/02/04/thousands-lose-motability-allowance-under-new-scheme/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D427024

“So far, around 51,200 people have joined the Motability scheme using PIP.

But out of the 31,200 people who were on the higher rate of DLA who have been reassessed, 55% – or 17,300 – have kept their car.”

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-disabled-people-mobility-cars-7304763

Note in the first article  that the government have the audacity to claim that the changes are designed to be fairer!!!! 

Fairer to whom? Certainly not the 17,000 who are left without a mobility vehicle, not to mention the many new and deserving applicants who will be rejected by the private companies that do the unfair points scheme assessments.

“Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life.”
Emma Thompson

Take Action

Contact your MP

Please write a polite letter or email but in the strongest terms to your MP expressing your outrage:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Petition

Please sign the following petition relating to the mobility allowance:

SCRAP THE CHANGE IN MOBILITY RULES FOR PIP

Scrap the change in rules for the Personal Independence Payment that reduces the distance threshold to determine if someone is eligible from 50 metres to 20 metres. This new reduced threshold does not reflect the true reality of the hurdles disabled people face not being able to walk more than 50 metres. We are calling on Iain Duncan Smith to scrap this unfair change and return to the old standard of 50 metres. I urge you to re-think this obviously money saving measure and think about the impact in will have on the disabled, and your possible re-election.

Please read more and sign the petition concerning the mobility allowance.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/twenty-metres-instead-of-fifty-to-qualify-for-higher-mobility-allowance

“This government has gone too far – I think they have actually gone insane. They either fall or are removed by the people, we – the majority – whom they are supposed to represent, and certainly do not. ”
On line comment

I would like to think they do not represent the majority, and perhaps they do not though the majority of people are either ignorant as to what is happening to people on benefits or they are indifferent or simply too burdened with the misery inflicted on them by this government to have the energy or the wherewithal to do anything about it, for with the exception of the very rich in one way or another everyone has suffered. However the main target for the Tories, using the excuse of austerity,  is the sick, disabled and unemployed. And it has to stop.

Please read the following article which in addition to highlighting the shocking impact to a disabled women who needs her vehicle for work also gives a good description of many of the abuses which take place as a result of government welfare cuts, such as a reduction of income for those disabled people found not fit for work and placed in the Work-Related Activity Group who are to have their social security support cut by nearly £30 a week, from £102.15 to £73.10.

Disabled woman told she’ll lose car that allows her to work after ‘degrading’ DWP assessment told she’ll lose car that allows her to work after ‘degrading’ DWP assessment

“A disabled woman who has worked all her life has been told she will lose the Motability car that allows her to do her job, after being subjected to a ‘degrading’ capability assessment.”

Read More:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disabled-woman-told-shell-lose-7092414

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