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article imagePoliceman blinded by Moat says minimum mobility benefit unfair

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 16, 2010 in World
The police officer who was shot in the face and blinded by Raoul Moat has been awarded a mobility allowance of £18.95, the minimum allowance.
PC David Rathband, 42, has announced that he intends to appeal for a higher mobility award.
The Guardian reported that, in messages on Twitter, he wrote: "Now ready for battle with the DHSS (Department of Health and Social Security). Been awarded lowest band for mobility. Somehow not fair.
"Thank you for all the words of support, each one makes me stronger to keep up the battle. It's easy to remove the dark days with your support."
Rathband, who was injured by Moat in July, is in a higher band for the disability benefit, which covers daily care but has said mobility is a major issue because he has lost his sight.
The Guardian quoted a spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions as saying: "We are indebted to PC Rathband for his bravery and we want to ensure he receives all the benefits he is entitled to. For those who require frequent care and supervision, the highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance is awarded to meet their care needs."
Rathband has said he hopes to return to police work, and BBC News reported that he is still employed by Northumbria Police and receiving his full salary.
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