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Amputee loses appeal to keep his benefit and car
6:07pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
AN amputee has lost his battle to win back benefits and a specially-adapted car.
Robert Oxley has been in a 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 tribunal hearing has upheld the Government’s decision.
Dad-of-four Mr Oxley, of Lime Avenue, Colchester, said he is gutted.
Mr Oxley, 36, said: “They let you down because you are not disabled enough.
“Every person with one leg is different."
Since losing his mobility car Mr Oxley has continued to work but gets a taxi to and from the factory which is mostly funded by Whitehall.
He pays £1 per journey when the whole trip costs around £7.50.
Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, who campaigned on Mr Oxley’s behalf, has raised the issue in Parliament and said: “This is not the end of the case.
“It was a disappointing outcome but we move on with the next step in getting commonsense and compassion for a man who has overcome much.”
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "Disability Living Allowance is paid to people who are unable or virtually unable to walk or do things like wash themselves.
"People have the right to appeal.
“If an individual does not qualify they may get other disability benefits.”
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