No benefits from car cash removal

David Trotter, pictured in his car
David Trotter, pictured in his car

A disabled man has said he will now have to claim extra benefits as the removal of his monthly allowance for his car means he can’t work.

David Trotter (32), from Dalkeith has suffered multiple sclerosis for 11 years and needs crutches to walk.

For nine years his car has been financed through benefits, allowing him to travel to his IT job 15 miles away in Livingston.

But officials at the Department for Work and Pensions removed his ‘enhanced mobility’ payment of £200 a month as they say he is fit enough to take the bus an no longer needs the car.

David told the Advertiser that this means an end to his livelihood.

He said: “I have had to hand in my notice, so to speak. I still do 10 hours a week from home. I did 40 hours a week before.

“It’s a small family business, which has been really good to me over the years.

“If I could get the car back I could get my job back.

“On a really good day I could walk to the bus stop, but I’d be knackered.

“So to then try to find a seat and then get off at the other end and walk to my destination is impossible.

“The pain would just be too much for me to take.

“I do get very fatigued and struggle to power through things.

“I get the idea that they want to save money. But this is isn’t going to save them anything as I will now have to claim more benefits.”

David is concerned that losing his job will impact on his mental health.

He said: “Going to work helps me focus on something other than the MS and it keeps my spirits up.

“It gives me a goal and motivation to get things done.

“I’m worried I’m going to head back to near depression.

“Being stuck inside four walls, not having that motivation to keep things going forward.

“My family and my partner are great. But I am worried that losing the car and therefore my job will impact my mental health.”

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “Decisions on whether to award Personal Independence Payment are made following a face-to-face assessment and consideration of the medical evidence provided by the claimant.

“Mr Totter has asked us to look again at his claim and this is currently being reviewed.”