A disabled boy is told ‘you can put one foot in front of other’ before his benefits were axed. Leon Beamon, from Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, has been left to use his wheelchair to get to and from school because he suffers pain after walking for just five minutes.
The family of a six-year-old boy with a deformed ankle have been stripped of their specialised car and £4,320-a-year allowance – after being told he can put ‘one foot in front of the other’.
Leon Beamon had always qualified for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) ever since he was born with a condition which affected the growth of his left leg. The primary school pupil has already undergone numerous operations, wears a shield around his ankle, leg and foot, and faces more hospital procedures.
But mum, Kelly, is devastated after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stopped the DLA funding which was partly used to fund the car, StokeonTrentLive reports.
Now Leon, from Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, has been left to use his wheelchair to get to and from his school because he suffers pain after walking for just five minutes. Mother-of-two Kelly is Leon’s carer and is now on Universal Credit .
The 31-year-old said: “When Leon was born his left leg wasn’t growing properly and had fused to his ankle bone which caused a deformity. He had an operation to try to correct his ankle deformity and was told it will never be 100 per cent.
“Also to lengthen the part of his leg that isn’t growing he needs another two operations on his bone in the future. He also has to wear a shield around his leg, ankle and foot. “Without the mobility car we’ve had to walk to school and he’s been forced to use his wheelchair because he’s in so much pain. The walk to school is uphill and to force him to walk would be cruel.
“Leon loves the outdoors but without the car I have no way of taking him anywhere as the wheelchair limits the places we can go to without the car. Leon can’t understand why it has gone.
“I have appealed against the decision to stop his allowance. But the DWP stands by its decision because he can put one foot in front of the other and can cross the road. “But it’s not that simple. His hospital consultant has confirmed Leon has limited mobility in his ankle, he requires extra supervision during school activities, and requires a wheelchair on any walk over five minutes – but the DWP says he can walk.
“Leon was on the higher rate because of his limited mobility and I could understand if they had put him on the lower rate but to stop it altogether I can’t understand it.”
Leon, from Kidsgrove, has been left to use his wheelchair to get to and from his school
Grandmother Janys Wright has been left disgusted by the DWP’s decision. She said: “This decision is totally ridiculous.”
The DWP has defended its decision. QUELLE SURPRISE!!! A spokesman said: “We’re committed to ensuring that every child gets the very best chances in life which is why we’re spending more than ever before on DLA for disabled children.
“Decisions on DLA for children are made following consideration of all the information provided by the family and their GP or medical specialist, and anyone who disagrees with a decision can appeal.” ALMOST EVERYONE HAS TO APPEAL!!!