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Paralympian, 16, Would Lose Access To Training Without Motability Car

June 1, 2015

THE ludicrous case of Kayleigh Haggo is more proof that the UK’s benefit system is not fit for purpose.

The 16-year-old Paralympic hero is a perfect example of the type of people the welfare safety net could and should be helping.

Although she is still at school, Kayleigh keeps up a strict training regime that is only possible because she has a Motability car – driven by her mum – as part of her Disability Living Allowance.

It has allowed her to become one of the country’s most promising young disabled athletes.

The all-rounder holds 13 world records and four national age group records in swimming, racerunning and club throw sports.

But now heartless officials at the Department for Work and Pensions want to take her car away – meaning she will no longer be able to do the necessary training.

She will lose the vehicle under the controversial change to Personal Independence Payments, which has removed the help from anyone who can walk more than 20 metres.

Kayleigh can only meet that test because of the intensive training her car gives her access to.

This is not just bitterly ironic, it is also an emblem of Britain’s broken and ridiculously bureaucratic benefits system.

This is the same system that has brutal sanctions that can leave some people without food.

Dr David Webster, of Glasgow University, will today brand these policies part of a class war by out-of-touch Tories, who continue with their false belief that the unemployed are “skiving”.

His analysis is completely on the money.

The quicker the Scottish Parliament get the new welfare powers scheduled as part of The Vow , the better.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2015 9:57 am

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    June 1, 2015 10:07 am

    it ironic realy if she can no longer do the training she will probably be more unfit and need it again only to apply again for PIP, to receive it and get fit again and lose it. Which will cost money implementing the test in the first place and by their own standards and reasonings will not save they money but will destroy a hardworking person in the end, leaving her mentally unfit for anything, as that kind of stress can lead to mentally ill health. What is right about the way this government do things? They are beyond all reason and competence.

  3. June 1, 2015 6:41 pm

    Mmm…”…16-year-old Paralympic hero…” – this is irrelevant. If she doesn’t qualify then she doesn’t qualify.

    • June 2, 2015 1:29 am

      You have no understanding. May you never have to experience these tests.

      • June 2, 2015 7:34 am

        Yes I do: both myself & the lady I share a flat with are in the ESA Support Group, & she has a Motability car. The biggest farce, though, is the Blue-Badge scheme. Too many are being issued to people who, if the criteria for getting one was strictly adhered to, wouldn’t get one. Badges are supposed to be for people who can’t walk or have great difficulty in walking.


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