Following my recent question at PMQs to Theresa May regarding my constituent Natasha (see https://www.facebook.com/LizMcInnesMP/videos/2004868196434019/) I have now received a reply from the government.
I am sorry to say that the response is not from the PM herself but from Sarah Newton MP, a Minister for the DWP. Her letter essentially says that there is nothing the government can do to help and that the decision to withdraw Natasha's Motability stands.
I am extremely disappointed that the decision cannot be looked at again, and I am also frustrated that the Prime Minister has not responded personally, given that my question was addressed to her and she appeared to show genuine shock at Natasha's case.
I have written again to the PM on Natasha's behalf to express our disappointment with the response, but sadly I do not expect the government to do anything to help.
Natasha is not the only person in Heywood and Middleton to suffer under the DWP's assessment procedures, and I will continue to do all I can to fight on behalf of anyone affected and left in hardship due to DWP decisions.
However, until we get a Labour government I fear stories like Natasha's will become increasingly common.