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Why Did Justin Tomlinson MP Claim Not To Know How Many Disabled People Have Lost Their Motability Cars Under PIP?

March 1, 2016

On 3rd February 2016, BBC News reported that nearly 14,000 disabled people have lost their Motability cars as a result of being transferred from DLA to PIP.

On 25th February 2016, in Parliament, Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister For Disabled People, was asked by Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister For Transport, to reveal how many disabled people had had their Motability cars taken away as a result of PIP replacing DLA.

In response, Justin Tomlinson MP claimed, in Parliament:

The Department does not hold this information.


The BBC News story of 3rd February was shown on BBC television news on that day, as well as being available on the BBC website. The online link to the story  spread like wildfire across several social media pages respected by Same Difference in the first week of February.

Same Difference still remembers it well, and we are, sadly, a much smaller organisation than the DWP.

It is completely unbelievable that no one within the DWP was following BBC News over the time the story broke.

Respected disability campaigner Mike Sivier says on his respected website, Vox Political, that he believes Mr Tomlinson did know the figure of nearly 14,000 claimants, but that he misled Parliament about this simply because he wanted to save himself, and the DWP, political embarrassment because the figure was so high.

This explanation is far more believable. Same Difference shares the opinion of Vox Political on this matter.

Misleading Parliament is a very serious matter, particularly for a Government Minister. Same Difference joins Vox Political in calling for MPs to hold Mr Tomlinson to account for this.

We also join Vox  Political in calling for a Parliamentary debate on the loss of Motability cars as a result of DLA being replaced by PIP. Motability cars provide independence for many disabled people who need cars because their disabilities leave them unable to use public transport.

The numbers of people losing their Motability cars along with their DLA are, simply, far too high. Parliament needs to note the figures and step in to help thousands of disabled people find a solution to this problem as soon as possible.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2016 5:44 pm

    It’s because he’s a liar, plain and simple.

  2. March 1, 2016 5:44 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  3. March 1, 2016 5:45 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  4. Florence permalink
    March 1, 2016 6:01 pm

    While the loss of cars is more “telegenic”, the same number or more have lost the higher rate mobility, but they use the money for taxis, privately bought scooters, or towards the cost of petrol for friends and neighbours who help out. These people are every bit as vulnerable as those who have lost cars. Lets not lose sight of the the fact that the lowest rate of care – that many get, perhaps million or more – and helps maintain a little dignity and independence is totally abolished under PIP.

    • March 1, 2016 6:14 pm

      Very good points, Florence. No one is meaning to lose sight of them. We mst get the mainstream listening on all problems caused by the existence of PIP any way we can.

  5. March 1, 2016 6:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Poppy's Place and commented:
    As ‘Same Difference’ says in this blog. “Misleading Parliament is a very serious matter, particularly for a Government Minister.” Poppy’s Place would also like to jon with Same Difference and Vox Political in calling for MPs to hold Mr Tomlinson to account for this.

  6. March 1, 2016 6:38 pm

    I would like to join you in demanding Mr Tomlinson accounts for his misleadingg statment to the House. Reblogged on Poppy’s Place.

  7. March 1, 2016 7:46 pm

    he gets a chauffeured car to work. disabled people like him are the worst of the worst they always forget other disabled people when they get promoted as that is why they got the promotion in the first place

    had he been a normal disabled person who was out to make sure that sick and disabled people were treated in a fair manner he would never have got promoted in the first place and had he made out that he cared for sick and disabled people at a local level he would never have got the role as becoming a mp in the first place

    the government will only advance those that hate the sick and disabled and mean it hence he got the role in the first place

    you have to very weary when a sick or disabled person gets to have a say on their fellow men and women as in my long experiences they will always stab you in the back so you always end up in the gutter

    the only person that should be in charge of sick and disabled people is someone like myself who has solid references of caring in the community from the age of 10 and being from a family that has always undertaking that role in the community and from an established background mine being the bank of england with family connections there going back to 1918

    that’s the sort of person you need to look for as a minister for the sick and disabled or indeed even prime minister no one else just someone that was born to care and not like we have now those just born to kill

    • March 1, 2016 8:09 pm

      Please remind me what his disability is- I heard something once about him being disabled but can’t find the info now.

      • March 1, 2016 8:35 pm

        Robert Halfon has cerebral palsy Justin Tomlinson is fit and able

      • March 1, 2016 9:11 pm

        i think i have got these 2 mp’s mixed up somehow ? i could have sworn Robert Halfon was or had been the minister for the sick and disabled ?

        anyhow whoever it is or was you only have to look at their backgrounds to see they are not at all fit for the purpose of looking after the sick and disabled as that is their main priority

        it is they that should be at the first port of call when things goes wrong and not leave the DWP mess to the claimant to sort out

        what we have now is those that run the DWP know nothing about what is going on at a local level

        he should have known not only many were losing their lifeline there car but also their lives as a direct result of DWP negligence

        but like most mp’s he chose the closed approach I’ve not seen nothing nor heard nothing i know nothing and it’s the i know nothing that sums them up

        my daughter works with these guys on a consultancy basis and she would be the first to tell you their thick but a master of double speak

  8. March 1, 2016 8:32 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  9. March 1, 2016 9:22 pm

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    Is it not expected for a politican and certainly a Minister to lie.

    Surely it is ‘How can you tell a Minister lies’, they open their mouth and speak.


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