- By Dailyrecord.co.uk
LOUISE DAVIDSON suffers from cystic fibrosis but her benefits have just been cut and the DWP are taking back her mobility car because she was able to walk from one side of a room to the other.
Louise Davidson, 20, who has struggled with the condition since birth, had been receiving £130 a week.
She must now survive on £21.
To make matters worse, the Department for Work and Pensions are taking back her Seat Leon mobility car.
The blow comes six months after Louise, from Paisley, had her gruelling transplant.
Her claim for Disability Living Allowance was checked by sending a GP to her flat to examine her.
Now she fears she won’t be able to cope. She said:
“I still have my bills and my rent to pay. I don’t feel that I am fit to work but how else can I get the money I need?
“I’m so tired that I can hardly move and I have to wait on a friend to come make me dinner.
“What has happened to me is not fair. It’s not like I will be on benefits for the rest of my life but I’m entitled to it and I need it just now.”
Her MSP George Adam said he was “shocked and disgusted” by what had happened.
“She will need time to recover and taking away her benefits will only hamper her recovery.
“On top of this, to take away her mobility car is downright scandalous. I am sickened that Westminster is treating many of my constituents like this.”
A DWP spokesman said:
“Higher rate DLA mobility is paid to help people who are either unable to walk or virtually unable to walk.
“If a person’s mobility changes gradually over time, they might not get the benefit any more or they might get a different rate.
“People also have the right to appeal if they don’t agree with a decision.”
Alex Stobbs – Life with Cystic Fibrosis