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Hi, my name is KAR!
I've been reading your messages for some time and empathising in advance: following multiple fractures and resultant disabilities in an RTA in 1981, applying and getting the Blue Badge in 1997 revolutionised my life, and applying and being awarded DLA higher rate mobility and lower rate care in 2007 gave me a real surge. But, as others of you, I was too young to retain DLA and today, moving towards 66 yrs old (now further fractures through falls, osteoporosis, and my good parts also wearing out from over reliance over so many years), today I am told that I am eleigible for....... nothing. I've had to reapply for the Blue Badge (again!) in the interim - so now will have to put that on hold. There's no way I can get through an Appeal by the end of September when it runs out, so am currently terrified at the restraints that this will impose upon my independence. Not counting having to dig into my pension to pay for a car and its conversion so that I can drive with my left foot alone, as I have had to do for the last 35 years. Less than 30 minutes for the 'assessment':1 minute of simple 'musculoskeletal' movements sitting down, and perfomed with my accompanying information that "this hurts"; comments regarding the stiffness of my ankle, but no reference whatsoever to the crushed, deformed, rigid foot, described by consultants in 1985 as "permanently and severely disabling"; observations of my putting my bag on the floor and then relifting it - I was wearing a shoulder bag to leave hands free for srticks etc. & left it in place throughout. Need I go on? You've been there. But what are we actually doing about it besides appealing individually? Can we do more collectively? BBC2 Victoria has featured this topic in the past - we need to keep it on the radar. Any ideas?