Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: Limbless ex-servicemen could lose benefits under new plans
It was announced yesterday that two million Disability Living Allowance claimants are to be reassessed over the next four years, with an estimated quarter of those expected to lose the benefit.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) is concerned that the new criteria to be applied to the benefit will hit limbless Armed Forces personnel especially hard.
This is because the new proposals will link eligibility to an applicant’s ability to move with the use of aids such as prosthetic limbs.
Chris Simpkins, director general of the RBL, told The Daily Telegraph: “Having your leg blown off and having to wear an artificial limb can never be preferable to having a normal, healthy limb.
“Focusing on functionality fails to take into account the long-term trauma suffered and the sacrifice made, not to mention the lifelong fluctuations in pain and mobility, that accompany limb loss.”
The RBL has sent a formal submission to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) saying wounded ex-Service personnel should be given special protections.
A spokesman from the DWP said: “The new assessment is not yet finalised and we continue to work with disability organisations and others on the development. We are considering their views carefully as we decide what further improvements are needed.”
A particular concern of the RBL is that limbless ex-servicemen could be denied “vital access” to the Motability scheme, which provides subsidised cars for the disabled.
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