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Major PIP mobility improvements are on the way, minister claims

The Motability scheme may be opened up to claimants who do not get the enhanced rate of the mobility component, Penny Mordaunt, minister for disabled people, told MPs last week. The change is one of three major improvements that Mordaunt claims she is planning to make.

In the course of a debate on ESA and PIP on 30 November Mordaunt told MPS that she was discussing a number of changes to PIP with the DWP.

One change would enable PIP claimants to keep their Motability vehicle whilst they are appealing a decision that they are no longer entitled to the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP. This should include claimants who lose their Motability entitlement when they move from DLA to PIP.

Mordaunt also wants to change the rules that mean that claimants who are out of the country for more than 13 weeks, other than for medical treatment, generally lose their entitlement to the PIP mobility component.

Most surprisingly, Mordaunt claims that she is “exploring options to allow those who are not in receipt of the higher Motability component to have access to the Motability scheme.” It is not clear how this would work, given that the standard rate of the PIP mobility component would not come close to covering the cost of a Motability vehicle.

The relevant passage from Mordaunt’s comments is:

“We have been discussing with relevant Departments ways to enable PIP claimants to keep their vehicle pending appeal, and we are exploring options to allow those who are not in receipt of the higher Motability component to have access to the Motability scheme. I am also exploring how claimants who are out of the country for extended periods can be better supported. We have a plan and the Treasury’s blessing. This week I have written to Motability to ask for its help in delivering that plan. I anticipate that the plan will require some changes to its processes, but I know that it will do all it can to help us in this matter, as it has in the past. We have a remarkable and unique partnership with Motability, and I hope in my tenure to maximise that.”

We’ll keep readers posted as more information becomes available.

You can read the full debate in Hansard

Comments  

+1 #10 kathy 2016-12-08 10:44
The Motablility fleet increased by 1.6% in 2015 in spite of the number of losses from downgraded PIP benefit. I think this might be something to do with the fact that people with learning disabilities are more likely to receive enhanced rate on re application. Who knows what they are planning? It did occur to me that the DWP didn't bargain for people who previously got the low care rate for DLA getting standard daily living rate, so maybe it would be possible to use that benefit toward the cost of a motability lease in the knowledge that small aids and appliances don't cost much.
+1 #9 Plonker 2016-12-08 10:04
This new policy if it's true, seems to be a reaction to the amount Motability paid out in transitional payments to people who lost their cars

I believe pressure from car dealers is playing a big part
+1 #8 kathy 2016-12-07 19:45
Could create a two tier system whereby those with enough income, ie not on benefits can pay the extra and boost Motability's profits which were net £210 million last year.
+1 #7 denise 2016-12-07 16:10
i think the fairest way of sorting out the motobility would be for those on standed rate to pay as if they were receiving the higher rate mobility benefit out of their standard rate and those on the higher rate carry on as before because there would have been no point in awarding high mobility to those who qualify.i think it should stay as it is his is going to cause a lot of uneasiness.
+2 #6 Lima6 2016-12-07 14:57
Motability don't only supply cars, they also supply scooters and powered wheelchairs. The lease costs for many of these would be covered by Standard Rate PIP yet only holders of Enhanced Rate PIP currently enables someone to make use of the facility. OK it's not a car but, for some, a powered chair or scooter could still be a lifeline or a means of independence that is denied to them because they are not on ERM.

I've just had a look on the Motability site and there are 12 powered chairs, 42 small & 25 med - large scooters available for under Standard Rate PIP.


There are 150 cars that are under the rate of ERM but the cheapest is more than double the SRM at ₤46.75. Only 17 of those are automatics with prices starting at ₤51.25! It's a big difference to make up each week when there's still petrol to pay for.
+1 #5 angie 2016-12-07 11:02
why can we not scrap all the new stuff as it has had no positive out come and has not made any profit for the government we were all bobbing along quite happy back to the old system please
+1 #4 snowbird 2016-12-06 22:53
Is this because, TOO many claimant's are losing their Motability Cars

and Car Manufactures are losing their PROFITS ?
+1 #3 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGoverment 2016-12-05 21:35
Well I seen it all now, it's another smoke screen. I'll believe it when I see it, I can't see anything will be changed to help us?

Gorvernment prove me wrong...don't see it :-?
+1 #2 David 2016-12-05 15:54
Credit where credit is due. These changes are welcome for those of us that have lost our only means of transport whilst we then successfully appeal.
+2 #1 Bill24chev 2016-12-05 14:11
I wonder if two people in an established relationship both receiving Standard PIP Mobility will be able to pool the PIP Mobility to obtain a mobility vehicle?

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