Debate over disability

My husband has just filled in the forms for DLA. After reading about Ron Charley, it was really a waste of time, as my husband worked up until he was 66 and then he retired and two months later had another stroke, making it his third. He is now nearly 73

My husband has just filled in the forms for DLA. After reading about Ron Charley, it was really a waste of time, as my husband worked up until he was 66 and then he retired and two months later had another stroke, making it his third.

He is now nearly 73 and has difficulty walking, so has got a Blue Badge for his car, but really the car is a luxury and we thought that a bit of extra money would be nice to keep the car on the road.

After reading, with mounting anger, that Ron Charley who is 63 and has had a triple by-pass as well as Hodgkin's lymphoma cannot get DLA, I would like the powers that be explain why he cannot get it. We were told that my husband was eligible for it, but clearly this is not the case if Mr Charley is not eligible.

Could someone in authority explain to me why when someone has worked all their lives and then gets to retirement age, as in my husband's case, and just under in Ron Charley's case they are not entitled to Disability Living Allowance when they are clearly disabled? There are a lot of people like this and I know that some get DLA and then again others do not.

People like my husband and Ron Charley are not shirkers; they have worked all their lives and only want what they are entitled to.

Has the money suddenly run out for this entitlement, or does it all depend on who processes the form when it is opened and read. I do not expect my husband to get DLA now, especially after reading about Ron Charley, but I would still like to know why other people receive this who are, in my view, not as disabled as Ron Charley.

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Mrs H CARR, Telford Avenue, Stevenage

*'Ron's battle for benefits,' (Comet January 31). It is ironic this story should come about as I had a conversation at work about people who are claiming the higher rate DLA because of supposed illnesses, but they can ride around on a moped and walk to their mates' houses on the other side of Stevenage most days.

My mother has been refused DLA three times now and has arthritis, COPD, regular bouts of pneumonia and has been signed off work long term. Still she cannot get it.

She used to claim before but her arthritis went into remission so she informed them she no longer needed it. Now she does and is worse than before as the doctors say there is nothing they can do for her. Sometimes she cannot dress herself, cannot walk the five minute walk to town because her feet are so sore and she has neighbours who are claiming DLA who walk to bingo nearly every night and are out in the street causing chaos.

What is our government coming to? To get the help you need it is about who you know and how to play the system not if you are entitled.

JACK NELSON, Briardale, Stevenage

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