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.