Aaron fiasco won’t happen again, promises Cameron
8:50am Thursday 18th October 2012 in Local
THE Prime Minister has come under fire in Parliament over the case of an Afghan war hero who lost his disability benefits.
The 25-year-old former Royal Marine suffered horrific injuries in 2009 after the Viking armoured vehicle he was driving in Afghanistan hit a roadside bomb.
His leg was later amputated and he was awarded DLA — a benefit which covers mobility and care costs regardless of whether someone is capable of work or not.
But following a medical assessment Mr Moon’s benefits were stopped and he launched an appeal.
At a tribunal on Monday a panel found in his favour and he was awarded the higher rate mobility component of his DLA which will now be backdated.
Yesterday, during Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons, Bolton West MP Julie Hilling hit out at David Cameron over Mr Moon’s case.
She said: “My constituent Aaron Moon lost his leg in Afghanistan.
“He then lost his Disability Living Allowance. The Prime Minister promised to look after ex-servicemen and women. What’s happened?”
Mr Cameron said limbless service personnel who applied for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) — which is set to replace DLA — would now be dealt with separately.
He said: “I’ve insisted on a specific carve out from the new PIP for limbless ex-servicemen and they will be separately looked after through the Ministry of Defence.”
A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said the rules surrounding veterans had been changed, meaning they would no longer have to undergo a separate medical assessment.