Motability the only option when you're paid 40p an hour
I assume the nonsensical letter from Roy Davey relates to motability cars for disabled people. My wife, like the wife of Steve Roberts in the amazing letter preceeding Mr Davey's mindless rant, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in her early fifties. She is now at an advanced stage of the disease that also killed her mother, for whom we both cared.
It took more than two years to get a motability car for her/us, only achieved with the help of our local MP Nick Harvey and the Citizens Advice Bureau. We eventually petitioned the minister for the disabled, Esther McVey, on the grounds that Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers were actively discriminated against in the fight for higher mobility and eligibility for a motability car.
For the privilege of having the car my wife loses more than £300 per month from her disability living allowance. Could I either get credit, or afford to buy the same car, the cost would be more than £100 less per month – more than covering the free tax, insurance and servicing ! So, Mr Davey, no-one in their right mind would have a motability car unless they, like us, desperateley needed one.
The system has rightfully been tightened up, and the independent entity that is Motability Cars should be close to being self-financing on the rates charged!
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By the way, Mr Davey, having had to give up my job to become my wife's prime carer, my only income from the state is the 'less-than- generous' £58.75 per week I get as a carer's allowance ( I am not a pensioner until next year), which works out to be less than 40p per hour for 24/7 caring! Perhaps your anger would be better directed at this 'caring' joke of a government that saves billions from the millions of family carers like me, who care for love!
I will be happy for you to pass my phone number to Steve Roberts of Exeter, who sounds in need of some help. I have been 'fighting the system' for more than four years with the help of Nick Harvey and the CAB, and a good luck from the less-than- dynamic Alzheimer's Society! I hope I may have some advice that may help him and anyone else in the same situation.