Dalkeith man wins mobility car fight to get back to work

MS sufferer David Trotter
MS sufferer David Trotter

A Dalkeitgh man who has Multiple Sclerosis last week won his fight against the Department for Work and Pensions to get his car back.

As reported in the Advertiser in May, David Trotter (32), was told he no longer qualified for a car payment when he was switched from Disability Living Allowance to the new personal independence payment.

That left him unable to travel to his IT job in Livingston. His employers let him work from home part-time while he appealed.

Now though, David can get back to working full-time when he gets his car back.

He said: “It was a 30 minute conversation then five minutes to decide that they had made a mistake. It’s ridiculous really. That’s three to four months I have not been working because of their decision.

“It didn’t add up with what was written - that 10 steps would cause me pain. It was almost as if the wrong box was ticked and nobody questioned it.

“I’m now waiting on a letter from the DWP to say that I have got the enhancement and as soon as I get that I can go down to the dealership.

“But because I have an automatic it can take a while, it will maybe be Christmas.

“So it will still be a while until I can go back full-time.”

David is thankful to his work for allowing him to keep his job during the appeal: “I work for a family business, and they have kept the door open. I have been there since I was diagnosed, about 12 years ago. I have been very lucky in the sense that they have always supported me.

‘‘They are just happy that I can go back into the office. I’m keen to get back to work and get my life back on track.”

A DWP spokesman said: “After providing the tribunal with additional medical evidence, Mr Trotter has now been found eligible for the enhanced mobility component.”