Wrexham people with disabilities are among thousands left housebound without transport after controversial changes to disability help.
I have campaigned for changes in the way the Government helps people with disabilities, and personally dealt with cases where people had had specially adapted cars taken away after changes to their support.
Changes to the support some people with disabilities received were brought in five years ago, when the Personal Independence Payment was brought in. The payment replaced the Disability Living Allowance – but the assessment process has proved flawed and been criticised by people with disabilities, charities and campaigners.
The way assesments are carried out mean that people with complex conditions are assessed by people who are not medical professionals. I’ve sat in surgeries and listened to people describe how their assessments were flawed – with assessors even making claims people did things they were physically incapable of doing.
These assessments can be challenged and, when they are, people are often successful. Unfortunately, the original decision has a series of knock-on effects, which include the loss of support such as Motability vehicles. This means that people lose cars and other vehicles, some of which are specially adapted to their condition – even if the original decision is found to be wrong.
This is a serious failing in the system and I have raised the issue in the Commons and met with Ministers and with Motability directly to push for changes.
The current system is failing the very people it is supposed to help.