Report by John Pring in the Disability News Service
A disabled man who lost a leg to bone cancer says he has been left unable to travel to hospital for vital x-rays, after crucial evidence was ignored by an assessor testing his eligibility for the new disability benefit.
Tom Carter was awarded the enhanced mobility rate of personal independence payment (PIP) last year after an above-knee amputation.
The award of the extra-costs disability benefit – which is gradually replacing working-age disability living allowance – meant he could lease a car through the Motability scheme.
But this summer he faced a PIP reassessment, a year earlier than he had been told to expect, and as a result of that test he was told he now only qualified for the standard PIP mobility rate.
He claims that the assessor, employed by outsourcing giant Capita, ignored vital information he gave her.
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