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dkb123 Member Posts: 126 Pioneering
I don't know if I am in the right room but I have a problem which is rather complicated the Story is 

Last year I was in contact with the CAB  for some benefit enquires and during the intercourse of the conversation they suggested that I might be eligible for a grant to replace my Wheelchair, I said that what I really needed was a Scooter because I wanted to get to the West End, [I live in East London] under my own steam, this would mean one the had a long-range and was capable of being on the road[8mph]

They said they would look into it, and they came back and said that they had found a Trust willing to fund one 
The only problem was that they needed an OT report, and this was during Lockdown , and the Local Authority could not provide one so they trawled around and found a well-known organisation to do one for me , which was fine and she came and reported, 
The problem was that I would be allocated a 4 wheeled one which was the pavement [4mph] ones and did a range of 12 miles, I needed a 3 wheeled one,8mph and 20-mile range 

They said it was not their policy to supply 3 wheels as they were in their opinion unsafe 

So I said that I wanted to wait until I could get the one I wanted, which was £4oo cheaper than theirs
It's not their money, it is  the funders they only supplied the OT report and now they want to force me into the make and model they want, on to me, I feel like I am being bullied 

We are at a standoff, They say to take it or level it, 

I suggested to the CAB worker that we find another organisation to apply again on my behalf and find a charity that we could funnel the money from the trust bypassing the one that is being obstructive,

I am really getting nowhere and it's taken over a year to get to this impasse

3wheeled scooters are very safe and you need the speed to go on the road , but they are just blocking and are not listening 

Any comments  Welcome