By Catherine McKinnell.
Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, has today tackled the Prime Minister about the number of disabled people losing their independence as a result of the Government’s benefit changes since 2013.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, Catherine raised the case of her constituent, William Bradney, who has recently been told he is no longer eligible for a Motability vehicle despite a lifelong disability caused by contracting polio as an infant.
The Motability scheme helps disabled people to be independent by enabling them to exchange their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. Previously, people in receipt of the highest rate of the ‘mobility component’ of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) were eligible for the Motability scheme.
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