Soldier continues to fight for his benefits

Aron Shelton
Aron Shelton

THE wait continues for amputee soldier Aron Shelton who launched an appeal after losing his disability benefit last summer.

Aron received huge support from the Bridlington public after the Free Press reported that the government stopped his monthly £185 disability benefit and took away his Blue Badge, despite Aron sustaining horrific injuries while serving his country in Afghanistan.

He appealed against the decision through a tribunal which was supposed to sit this month, but Aron, of Redwood Close, has now been told that his case may not be heard until July - a full year after his benefit was first stopped.

The grace period from the motability scheme which provides Aron’s car runs out in August so it a race against time for Aron who will struggle to fund the car without the disability benefit.

“Nothing seems to have been happening,” he said. “Things have just come to a standstill.

“When I spoke to the tribunal service they said they were hoping to see me in May.

“I then heard nothing so I rang them and they said they will possibly see me in July.

“All that time I’ve been without my Blue Badge and the benefit, I feel like I’ve just been in limbo.”

Aron’s treatment prompted him to campaign on behalf of other amputee soldiers and he collected hundreds of signatures from Bridlington residents after distributing petitions around the town.

He is continuing to collect names and wants to spread the campaign further afield to his Nottingham hometown.

Aron thanked the Bridlington public for their continuing support which has seen community groups and clubs raise hundreds for the former soldier.

“I would like to thank all the Bridlington people and those throughout the East Riding who have helped me,” he said.

“I was overwhelmed by the support I received.”