Disability campaigner says "little way to go" to overturn Government mobility cuts (From Surrey Comet)
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Disability campaigner says "little way to go" to overturn Government mobility cuts
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A disability campaigner believes "there is a little way to go" to overturn Government cuts she believes may stop those with mobility impairments from leaving their homes, writes Levi Winchester.
Jane Young, 53, who lives in New Malden, won the O A Denly memorial award at the Disabled Motoring UK Awards last week.
The award is named after the founder of Disabled Motoring UK, who contracted polio but still managed to climb the Alps in 1947 in a mobility tricycle.
Campaigners have been trying to overturn the Government’s new “20 metre rule” saying anybody who can reliably walk more than 20 metres is not eligible for payments which allow them to lease adapted cars from the Motability scheme.
Government projections suggest almost half a million people will no longer be eligible for the enhanced rate of the new personal independence payment by 2018.
A legal challenge, along with pressure from MPs, peers and campaigners, won a fresh public consultation on the proposals, which closed in August. The decision is expected to be announced in October.
Mrs Young said: "We have not won yet. There is still a little way to go, although we are expecting the Government to make a decision shortly."
Helen Dolphin, director of policy & campaigns at Disabled Motoring UK, said: “I cannot praise Jane highly enough for her commitment, and tireless devotion to the cause of disability and motoring, and she is an extremely worthy winner of this award.”
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