Wednesday, March 7, 2012

UPDATE: Family’s joy at U-turn on mobility car

Family’s joy at U-turn on mobility car - News - Shields Gazette:

"A SOUTH Tyneside mum has told of her delight after Government bosses did a U-turn on the decision to take away her disabled daughter’s mobility car.

Little Amarni Gibson was told by the Department of Work and Pensions, that the VW Golf her mum Gillian uses to ferry her about would have to go – because they no longer considered her disabled enough to qualify for it.

Mrs Gibson was devastated as her eight–year-old daughter suffers from the rare genetic condition Williams syndrome and is hooked up to a feeding machine 20 hours a day.

The Gazette revealed Amarni’s plight last month, and after Mrs Gibson contacted MP David Miliband her case was referred to the Citizens Advice Bureau in Station Approach, South Shields.

But now the family have been told they will be able to keep the car plus Amarni’s disability living allowance – which had been reduced to the lowest level two years ago – would also be increased."

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