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43% of all DLA claimants who had a car under the Motability scheme but who have had to go through the transfer to PIP have lost their vehicle as a result, it was revealed this week.

Declan O'Mahony, director of Motability, told the work and pensions committee that of 175,000 Motability customers who have bee reassessed for PIP so far, around 75,000 had lost their vehicle as a result.

Mr O’Mahony told the committee:

“To date we have seen about 175,000 of our current scheme customers go through the DWP’s reassessment process from DLA to PIP. In round numbers, 100,000 of those have retained higher-level mobility so, as far as the scheme is concerned, it is fine and they continue in the same place. Seventy-five thousand have lost higher rate mobility. They have either dropped to standard rate or to nil and, as a consequence, they have to leave the scheme. That 75,000 is the group of people to whom we are providing transitional support.”

O’Mahomy also told the committee that most Motability customers who are forced to leave the scheme are given a cash payment of £2,000 and that the majority spend this money on a used car. So far over £100 million has been paid out in grants of £2,000 per customer.

He added that Motability make further grants to some claimants who lose their car but who need a drive-in wheelchair vehicle, or wheelchair access and the controls built around the wheelchair in the driver’s position. In total additional grants totalling £20 million have been given to 8,500 former Motability users who need these adaptations.

Lord Sterling of Plaistow , chair of Motability, claimed that although a large number of people were being lost from the Motability scheme “over the next three years we will be taking on at least a quarter of a billion people, this time with mental disabilities”.

You can read the full minutes of the evidence session here.

Comments  

#6 Margaret Martin 2018-03-15 19:21
When pip took my Lifetime DLA back in the same post a letter from mobilty was asking for my car back.Although ive been awarded PIP back i ws put through so much stress .i have taken a private lease car with a different company.
#5 Pam 2018-03-14 09:57
Am I being stupid here ? Why are the DWP removing the higher rate mobility component from wheelchair users ??!! It’s expensive to adapt a car for a wheelchair user - especially to drive from one, so for this to be deemed necessary the claimant must be fairly heavily dependent on the wheelchair. So why are they being kicked off higher rate if they can’t walk the required 20metres ? And why is no one asking for an answer to this question. It’s alarming to say the least.
#4 Thisismyname 2018-03-10 02:19
Never having met nor seen Lord Sterling of Plaistow, I doubt he is a piece of furniture that can be sat on.

As for the quote about Mobility taking on at least a quarter of a billion people over the next three years, Lord Sterling was probably using the American billion (a thousand million) rather than the England billion (a million million). 250,000,000 people over three years and not 250,000,000,000 . Still means more than the entire population of British Isles. The government will have to do some serious figure fiddling.
#3 Mr B 2018-03-09 23:20
Quoting ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar:
Me too Mr B, Jesus! I can't believe England will have a quarter of a BILLION people in it. I think Mr B that's some announcement he's made there.


lol Yeah it sure is TGGTF, that would be 250 million people wouldn't it? Whatever the actual number it will be of little comfort to those who have lost out already although perhaps some may requalify following the recent Government U-turn on PIP as it affects, in some circumstances, claimants with mental health problems.
+1 #2 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2018-03-09 20:40
Me too Mr B, Jesus! I can't believe England will have a quarter of a BILLION people in it. I think Mr B that's some announcement he's made there.
+2 #1 Mr B 2018-03-09 17:56
Lord Sterling of Plaistow , chair of Motability, claimed that although a large number of people were being lost from the Motability scheme “over the next three years we will be taking on at least a quarter of a billion people, this time with mental disabilities”.

I would be very surprised if he had claimed they would be taking on at least a quarter of a BILLION people!

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