Disability allowance system 'unfair to over 65s'

An Age Concern spokesman has claimed that the UK's disability living allowance system is unfair to people over the age of 65.

John Ratchford told the Telegraph that the money is only available for people who are disabled and make their claim before they reach this milestone.

He said this is "arbitrary" and is not fair on those who become disabled later in life and who want to stay mobile and perhaps find over 50s mobility deals.

Mr Ratchford was commenting on the case of Second World War veteran Robert Clayton, who lost his foot after it was run over by an electric wheelchair.

The 82-year-old was told he did not quality for the disability living allowance because he is too old.

According to the Telegraph, he has been told to seek funding from charities in order to cover the cost of a new automatic car, since he can no longer use a manual vehicle.

Figures released recently by the European Commission revealed that the UK has the fourth highest level of pensioner poverty in Europe.

A spokesperson for the charity Age Concern said this is "worrying and shameful".

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