Disabled Man Left Housebound By Mobility Cut

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By Mike Laycock in The Press.

A disabled York man with an agonising back condition says he is housebound after officials decided he should lose his mobility car.

Former plasterer Chris Paylor, 37, of Poplar Street, off Poppleton Road, said he had had a Motability car for four years after doctors discovered he had fibrosis encasing his spinal nerve.

He said the condition has left him in constant agony and needing a lot of morphine-based pain relief medication, but at least the car allowed him to get out of the house with his wife Vicky and children, Tia, ten, and Rhys, eight, in which he could have a lie down when he needed.

He said that under his former benefit, Disability Living Allowance, he was given the funding for a car but, under the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) system which has been introduced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP,) he was put on the standard rather than enhanced rate, which meant the vehicle would no longer be funded, and his wife had to return the vehicle last week.

Vicky said they had asked the DWP to look at the decision again and sent a letter from their GP, stating how bad her husband’s condition was and how he would never recover, but that wasn’t enough and the car had to go.

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