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Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People, has announced that disability living allowance (DLA) claimants who lose their right to a Motability vehicle when they are assessed for personal independence payment (PIP), will be able to keep their vehicle whilst appealing.

At present, claimants who do are not awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP on transfer from DLA can only keep their Motability vehicle for three weeks after their DLA ends. They also receive a transitional support payment of up to £2,000.

This means that even if they win an appeal and are awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP they will already have lost their vehicle.

Under the new rules claimants will be able to keep their vehicle for 8 weeks after their DLA award ends.

In addition, claimants who are eligible for a transitional support payment will be able to keep their Motability vehicle for up to six months whilst asking for a mandatory reconsideration and then an appeal. However, claimants who do take this option will have their transitional support payment reduced by an amount that has yet to be announced.

More details are available on the Parliament website.

Comments  

#7 Catriona Ferguson 2017-04-24 14:41
My daughter lost her car a couple of months agom, but because she only joined the scheme in 2013 - she had previously taken the payments - she got only the £250 good condition bonus. She's a medical student and this is causing real hardship. No way to treat someone who actually WANTS to work in A&E!!
#6 Misty68 2017-04-22 14:49
Even six months is not enough. It has taken me seven months so far to go through the MR process and wait for an appeal. I did everything as quickly as possible within the time frames but I still have no date for my appeal hearing (Dorset). I have lost my car, but if I win my appeal and wish to rejoin the Motability scheme I have to wait at least six months from the date I lost my car or I have to pay back the £2000 transitional money. I also have to repay out of any back payment of mobility PIP to Motability for the months it took for them to ask for car back. I kept chasing them for a return date but they refused until the DWP formally told them I had not been awarded PIP. That took over five months from my DLA stiopping. So, not only would I have to repay the £2000 but over £1300 rental payments too. The whole system is a nightmare.
+2 #5 mavis 2017-04-22 08:07
Thats no deal at all its a cop out,lost my car recently and received £2000 plus percentage of deposit, if i kept car and lost would be nearly £3000 out of pocket
#4 mobbba 2017-04-22 07:28
I think this is a fair one.

If you don't want to lose any of the the £2,000 payment hand your car back........Sim ples
+1 #3 Bill24chev 2017-04-22 04:31
Quoting Inspector Lewis:
Does this only apply to DLA recipients, and DLA to PIP conversions, or can current PIP recipients take advantage of this?


A thread on the Rightsnet Forum states that only applicable for DLA to PIP Transfers. ``
#2 whothehellvotedtory 2017-04-21 16:16
The cost in terms of reduced transitional support is now published on motability website.
You gain 18 more weeks with the car but forfeit all but £250 of the transitional relief payment as a downside.
No such thing as a free lunch!
#1 Inspector Lewis 2017-04-21 13:15
Does this only apply to DLA recipients, and DLA to PIP conversions, or can current PIP recipients take advantage of this?

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