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Autistic boy's family wins fight to keep car

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: February 17, 2010

TRIUMPH: Eight-year-old Kian and mum Beccy Starbuck in the family's Motability car. Right, how we reported the decision to cut Kian's support rate. Picture: John Jenkins

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A Lincoln family who faced losing the only mode of transport for their autistic son have won a battle to keep their car.

Beccy and Leigh Starbuck have spent almost three months battling to hold on to their vehicle, which is the only way eight-year-old Kian Starbuck is able to safely leave the house.

The Echo reported in November the family had been told they would have to hand back their car after Kian's support rate was slashed to a lower level.

Mum and full-time carer Mrs Starbuck, 32, says she is over the moon the decision has been overturned.

"The victory in getting the Department for Work and Pensions to change its mind about which level of support to offer Kian is fantastic," said Mrs Starbuck, who is also mum to Ole, six, and Jasmine, two.

"I think it is down to pressure from the Echo and a passionate letter from Kian's consultant, Dr Sidhartha Hakim."

Kian is on the extreme end of the spectrum, suffering from Kanner's autism. The condition means he is unable to speak, express emotions or have any sense of danger. This means he is unable to walk safely beside a road.

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    MadMike, freeloader!  |  February 17 2010, 6:33PM

    Great...I have to work to fund my nice car! Perhaps I will get the echo to write a letter asking the government to buy me a car due to stress of me working too hard and paying too much tax!!!

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    happy, lincoln  |  February 17 2010, 10:03AM

    Well done Beccy & Leigh, at last justice was done.... :)