My brother cannot apply for a mobility car on DLA
I have joined this community forum because I have encounter a very frustrating situation regarding my disabled brother's DLA allowance. Bill has a malformed right hand and right side walking disdfunction as a result of childhood polio, and I now have to use a wheelchair in order to get him out of his flat and into my Mine Cooper car.
In view of this deterioration in Bill's mobility, and the inadequete size of my car, I contacted the DWP to apply for a mobility car and, to my disbelief, I was told that because Bill did not initially apply for that part of the DLA, he can now no longer apply for or receive it.
I explained that Bill's condition, situation, and needs, had changed dramatically since his inital application for DLA, but, although the agent I spoke to was sympathetic, he was also adament that Bill's could not now alter or change his DLA in any way.
I find this 'Catch 22' ruling bizzare in the extreme; for it means that no matter how far an applicant's situation deteriorates, they cannot change their original DLA in order to get the financial help to pay for the mobility aids they are sure to need. I would very much appreciate any help or advice on this matter.
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