Dis­abled man’s case for re­view

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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