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TOPIC: Former paralympian forced to quit job after cruel DWP stopped his benefits

Former paralympian forced to quit job after cruel DWP stopped his benefits 24 Jan 2019 12:22 #13234

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Mr Willavoys lost his specially adapted vehicle after the DWP axed his disability benefits.

A former paralmpian has slammed the UK welfare system after his only means of transport was removed because of cruel welfare reforms, it has been reported.

ITV News reports that Michael Willavoys from Tiverton was born with cerebral palsy and required the use of a motability car to travel the 50 mile round trip to work in North Tawton near Okehampton.

The 64-year-old had been in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which also provided him with a specially adapted vehicle, before being asked to attend a reassessment for Personal Indepence Payments (PIP).

PIP is replacing DLA as the main disability benefit designed to provide extra financial support for additional living costs associated with living with a disability.

The disability charity Scope says many disabled people face extra costs as a result of their impairment or condition, amounting to an estimated £570 per month.

The charity says the financial support provided through disability benefits, such as PIP, is vital for a disabled person’s independence, without which they would unable to partipate in society or pursue career goals.

Mr Willavoys, a boals player, who represented Great Britain at the Paralympics, was told that we would no longer be elible for disability benefits after attending a face-to-face medical assessment for PIP.

He said: “I was an independent person to do these sorts of things and I just feel with this now, as I’ve lost the mobility car, I’m losing my independence rights and that is not fair.

welfareweekly.com/former-paralympian-forced-to-quit-job-after-cruel-dwp-stopped-his-benefits/

Also Linked Post Here;

welfarecentral.org/index.php/forum-home/personal-independence-payment/2573-disability-benefits-system-impacts-society-s-attitudes-warns-paralympian
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