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Colchester: Amputee loses benefits battle
8:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A BATTLE has been lost for an amputee fighting to win back benefits and his specially-adapted car.
Robert Oxley has been locked in a bitter dispute with the Goverment since 2011 when officials stopped his Disability Living Allowance on the grounds he is able to stand.
He had used his car to get to work at Flakt Woods fan engineering factory in Colchester, since losing his right leg in a motorbike accident in 2008.
A panel at a tribunal hearing upheld the Government’s decision.
Mr Oxley, a dad-of-four, of Lime Avenue, Colchester, said he was “gutted”.
“They let you down because you are not disabled enough. Every person with one leg is different. We are not happy at all,” he added.
Since losing his mobility car, Mr Oxley has continued to work at Flakt Woods - but gets a taxi to work and back five-days-a-week - most of which is funded by the Government.
Mr Oxley, 36, added: “I pay £1 a journey, so it costs me £2 a day and the whole journey is about £7.50.
“I had been claiming £49 a week - the taxis are costing them nearly as much.”
Colchester’s MP Sir Bob Russell, who campaigned on Mr Oxley’s behalf, also represented him at the hearing.
He said: “This is not the end of the case. A disappointing outcome from Thursday’s hearing, yes, but we move on with the next step in getting commonsense and compassion for a young man who has overcome much, who has been brilliantly supported by his wife and family and by his employer, for whom the easy option was to dismiss him but who kept the job open for a year, and then made arrangements for him to continue his skilled work on the shop floor.”
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