Motability

Charity praises Devon family for government U-turn

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A charity has praised the family of a two-year-old seriously ill child from Devon for their part in helping change government policy on help with transport costs.

Until now, children under three have their applications to get especially-adapted vehicles through the Motability scheme refused.

But now it's changing its policy after the issue was highlighted when Stanley Murphy, from Newton Abbot, was denied help.

boy holding mum's hand
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I'm glad that we've been able to take action and have families such as Stanley's speaking up to bring this to the attention of government, and them being able to see there's something they can do about it."

Shaun WalshExecutive Director of External Relations, Together for Short Lives

Mobility allowance for under-threes under review

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A mother of a two-year-old with a life-limiting illness, who has been fighting for children under three to be helped with transport costs, has welcomed a statement from a government minister.

Children under three are currently not eligible for a mobility allowance to help them get specially adapted vehicles through the Motability scheme.

The government has said it's looking at changing the policy after the issue was highlighted when Stanley Murphy, from Newton Abbot in Devon, was denied help.

Sick Devon boy prompts change in government policy

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The case of a two-year-old seriously ill child from Devon is being credited for helping change the government's mind on help with transport costs.

Stanley Murphy, from Newton Abbot, who has Tay-Sachs disease, a rare fatal genetic disorder which causes progressive damage to the nervous system. He is unable to move and has seizures.

He had been denied help to get a specially adapted vehicle through the Motability scheme because he was under the age of three.

But now the government is looking to change the policy to include young children.

Stanley Murphy
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