Abolition of mobility allowance criticised

Lowry Team Councillor Evelyn Nevin has criticised the Government for scrapping both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant and stated that the move shows a complete disregard and lack of understanding of the realities of the lives of those with a debilitating disability. Councillor Nevin has called on the Government to immediately bring forward a suitable alternative that does not disadvantage those receiving these payments.

Lowry Team Councillor Evelyn Nevin has criticised the Government for scrapping both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant and stated that the move shows a complete disregard and lack of understanding of the realities of the lives of those with a debilitating disability. Councillor Nevin has called on the Government to immediately bring forward a suitable alternative that does not disadvantage those receiving these payments.

“I work with people with disabilities on a daily basis and see first-hand how vital these supports are. For a person with a severe disability getting out of the home to go to town can be a major logistical challenge. To physically make a small journey requires planning, effort, assistance, equipment, a car, extra money and no small amount of determination. These payments simply

allowed someone to pay for petrol for their car or to hire a specialised taxi to allow them to carry out everyday tasks. A car for a person with a disability is essential.”

“The government are gradually stripping away all the supports and assistances available to people with disabilities which has a hugely detrimental impact on their quality of life and indeed on their mental state. Having a support that allows a person with a severe disability to get out of

their home, socialise, attend a doctor or visit a supermarket even if only once or twice a week are quite simply essential. Removing this support will lead to isolation, distress and upset. I hope the Government are cognisant that they are essentially sentencing many people to a life of confinement in their homes. It is disrespectful, disgraceful and unfair to treat people with a

disability in this way.”

“Pledging to replace this scheme down the line is of no consolation. Firstly we have seen countless promises broken by this government and many of the people I have spoken to are doubtful that this commitment will be honoured. Secondly we have no details on the form or substance that a new

grant scheme may take. Any new scheme must continue in the form of a personal payment to the individual, a group transport scheme would not be sufficient to meet the variety of needs of those who were previously in receipt of these grant schemes.”

“I believe that the Government should have engaged with and taken active steps to fix the illegality identified in these scheme rather than punish a small group of people with very considerable disabilities, by making life much harder for them and by plunging them into uncertainty.”