Karen Darke, 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist and Paratriathlon World Champion
All year I’ve been training my arms to look like Popeye (or Plastic Man as I recently discovered playing Top Trumps with my friends son Josh!) and pushing myself through pain barriers on the bike, and that time of year that we’ve been doing it all for has finally arrived. The racing season has well and truly begun. We’re just back (the British Para-cycling Team) from almost three weeks away racing at World Cup events in Italy and Switzerland. With only 15 months until the Rio Paralympic Games, it’s a big season for us to collect points for the team, as points equate to places in the Paralympic Games. The more points we can win (by doing well in races), the more places we can qualify for riders in Rio.
More than 100 disabled people every week are losing their Motability vehicles after being assessed for the government’s new disability benefit, the charity has confirmed.
The figures appears to confirm fears that the replacement of working-age disability living allowance with the new personal independence payment (PIP) would see at least 100,000 disabled people lose their Motability car.
Some estimates have suggested that as many as 180,000 DLA claimants could eventually be forced to give up their Motability vehicles after being reassessed for PIP.