Disabled man’s case for review
DISABLED Mull pensioner Alex Fletcher, who faces becoming ‘a prisoner in his own house’ in Bunessan if the UK government takes back his car under its new disability benefit scheme, is having his case reviewed.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should decide by mid June if the 61-year- old, who lives in constant pain due to severe arthritis, can keep the car until an appeal decides in a year or two.
Mr Fletcher, who retired on doctor’s orders from the construction industry six years ago, qualified for a car funded by Motability under the Disability Living Allowance Scheme.
But he failed to qualify for the car benefit under its new replacement, the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), because at the time he filled in the form last year he could walk over 20m, which now he cannot.
The appeal will decide if Mr Fletcher is eligible for the higher rate of disability benefit.
Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara also visited Mr Fletcher in Bunessan at the weekend, and promised to take up his case in Westminster and with the DWP.