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Published at 16:42, Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A SEVERELY disabled young girl faces the prospect of becoming a prisoner in her own home if plans
proceed to strip her of a government-funded car.

Eight-year-old Georgia-Mai Senogles suffers from a rare genetic disorder and relies on the car to take her to
school and doctors appointments.

But a mix-up between the girl’s mother, Sarah Lynott, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) means
that after five years the car will be repossessed tomorrow.

Ms Lynott, of Kingsway, Ulverston, said she did not have a car of her own and was “horrified” at the thought her
daughter would be rendered house-bound.

The distressed 41-year-old mum said she thought all the paperwork was put in order months ago and was
shocked when a letter arrived two weeks ago.

“It was from (disability charity) Motability – who supply the car – and it said they were going to take it back
because Georgia was no longer eligible,” she said.

“I don’t understand what’s changed because Georgia’s been on the highest disability benefit ever since she was

Georgia-Mai, who attends Vickerstown Primary School three days a week and Rainbow House in Chorley two days
a week, was born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

The syndrome means she is profoundly physically and intellectually disabled and unable to talk or eat without the
assistance of a feeding tube.

The confusion began in March when the DWP posted out a package asking Ms Lynott to reapply for the Disability
Living Allowance (DLA).

However, an accompanying letter appeared to indicate that only the parts directly relating to Georgia-Mai’s
impeded mobility needed to be updated.

Ms Lynott sent off the partially completed form and received a letter in return from DWP requesting the rest of the
form be completed. This caused confusion as the single mum was firmly under the impression that so profound
were her daughter’s disabilities that she was covered indefinitely.

Ms Lynott said she contacted Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock to make representations on her behalf to the
department and when she heard no more and the Disability Living Allowance continued to be paid she thought the
matter was settled.

A spokesperson for Motability said: “The Motability Scheme leases cars, powered wheelchairs and scooters to
disabled people who used Higher Rate Mobility Component of their Disability Living Allowance to pay for the

“The DWP are responsible for the administration of the Disability Living Allowance, Motability has no involvement
in decisions about eligibility for the DLA.

“If the DWP decide that a customer should no longer receive the High Rate Mobility Component at any time during
their lease, the leasing agreement is terminated and the car must be returned.

Ms Lynott said she had been back in contact with DWP to try to sort out the confusion, however, she was worried
what would happen in the interim: “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said. “Georgia needs to have a very
structured routine and I’m worried this is going to set her back. The DWP refused to comment.

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