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Does DLA/PIP mobility help?

Adrian_Scope
Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

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Do you use Motability or receive the mobility component of PIP or DLA? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

The Social Security Advisory Committee - a statutory body made up of benefits specialists who provide impartial advice to Government on social security - is consulting on how public funds can be used to support the mobility needs of disabled people

In particular, they are looking at how well the Motability scheme and the Disabled Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) mobility component supports disabled people to achieve greater independence through providing affordable mobility. 

The research aims to get a better understanding of any barriers disabled people may face in accessing the Motability scheme, including the reasons why disabled people may choose not to use it.

The consultation closes on 3rd December 2019, and the SSAC are keen to hear responses from disabled people as well as carers and/or families of disabled people – including people who aren’t eligible for the scheme but would like to use it. If you would be interested in giving evidence on your or your family’s personal experiences with the Motability scheme, you can find a list of questions for you to respond to, as well as some more information on the consultation and instructions on how to submit your response on the SSAC’s consultation page.

We’d love to hear your thoughts too!

  • Are you eligible for the Motability scheme?
  • If you are eligible for the scheme but you don’t use it, why is this?
  • Does not using the scheme have an impact on your life?
  • Do you receive the DLA/PIP enhanced mobility component? If so, have you faced any issues to leasing a vehicle through the Motability scheme?

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

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    Thanks @pollyanna1052. That's a really interesting insight and one I'd not considered before. Cheers for sharing!
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  • exdvr
    exdvr Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
    I have serious mobility problems and would be totally housebound were it not for my Motability car [which uses my full £62/week enhanced allowance] and my privately purchased mobility scooter.  I have had no problems at all over the years apart from 2 punctures, plus a flat battery caused by running the air-con and radio with the engine off...silly me.  I sometimes wonder about its value for money but love the freedom and independence it gives me. Public transport be it bus, taxi, or train is virtually impossible because I need my scooter at all times.    I would be quite happy to fill a questionnaire on the subject.

    Best wishes.

    DLTBGYD

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,609 Disability Gamechanger
    I also have mobility issues and use my own mobility scooter when i'm out. I have a mobility car and have had one for the past 3 years. I'm almost at the end of my first lease and will be collecting my new car in a little over 2 weeks. I choose the higher cars for ease of access because the lower cars are impossible for me to get out of. No, adaptions needed, thankfully.

    Without the use of my car i'd be completely housebound because public transport isn't an option for me. I use all of my mobility allowance too. If it wasn't for the mobility scheme i wouldn't be able to afford a car because the cost of maintenance is way beyond my funds, as i've experienced this in the past.  Just adding fuel and the worry free motoring for me is brilliant.  Although i do worry about losing my mobility award in the future.

    Looking forward to collecting my new car in a couple of weeks :)
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

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    Thanks for replying @Roddy. If you had the enhanced mobility PIP, do you think you would use the Motability scheme?
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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

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    Thanks for the feedback @exdvr. Can I ask how long you've been using the scheme? What makes you question the value for money?
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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,572

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    Thanks @poppy123456. Do you think the worry about losing the mobility award prevents some people from using Motability? (What car are you getting?? :smile:)
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  • atlas46
    atlas46 Member Posts: 826 Pioneering
    Hi @Adrian_Scope

     I think the Motability scheme is very good, for those on enhanced for mobility.

    Over the years, I had a number of cars and have nothing but praise.

    It keeps me mobile and independent, without the stress of running your own car.

    You might be interested that a third on enhanced mobility, choose not to join the scheme. About 460,000 have a car on the scheme, which makes it the largest lease car scheme in Europe.

    I have recently been awarded a ten year award, so no worries about the future.

    I have to say there is a lot of ignorance about the scheme rules.

    You can have groups of drivers on the insurance, recently the good condition bonus has gone up to £600 (from £250). There are no restriction on the distance, between the car and claimant.

    The staff at Motability are very helpful and go out of their way, to assist you.

    You also get a monthly magazine from the scheme, with useful updates.

    Hope this helps.
  • Roddy
    Roddy Member Posts: 398 Pioneering
    edited November 2019
    Thanks for replying @Roddy. If you had the enhanced mobility PIP, do you think you would use the Motability scheme?
    Hi @Adrian_Scope

    Very much so, and I did until it was snatched from me two+ years ago, which in turn prevented me from leaving home unaided since. I was able to use my mobility award to get the car that I needed to enable me to be independent and un-reliant on others. I was stuck in a care home without any possibility of visiting my son who has his own special needs etc., and it was my 3rd vehicle. The decision of a 'nurse' took away my freedom and I have not been the same person since. It's disgraceful, and I'm certainly not the only one either. I'm now in debt up to my eyeballs and struggling to cope. Really struggling. A distance more than 20-30 meters away may as now be 20-30 miles without the car they took back from me and of course the extra money for essentials... I mean, look at how many of our community, and new members almost every week have their own living hell to deal with due to all of this. It's never been as bad, as is evident.... your personal help the other week for example, could have been totally avoided and unnecessary, as so too would have been the help required by the others involved, who I'm sure have their own lives to deal with too. Nothing but disruption has been caused to many, due to the current ways our benefits are being dealt with, and to many it's to the extremities of feeling suicidal and worthless.

    The Mobility award isn't a luxury. It is a necessity for many that have now been refused it.         
  • exdvr
    exdvr Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
    Thanks for the feedback @exdvr. Can I ask how long you've been using the scheme? What makes you question the value for money?

    Hi.....been using the scheme for at least 10 years.  Have had Vauxhall, Kia ,Skoda, and now Citroen, all hatchback/estate automatics.  When I weigh up the cost even allowing for tax, insurance, maintenance and breakdown cover I sometimes feel that spending in the region of £3500 per year before fuel for less than 6000 miles [600 litres bringing the total to over £4000] is hardly cost effective.  It's a lot of money to spend with nothing to show for it at the end of each lease.  No doubt I'll go through the same ritual in the next 14-15 months.

    Best wishes.

    DLTBGYD

  • SteveE
    SteveE Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    We do not use motability as it is entirely useless for a family. If we did, we'd have a motability car (and we would not be able to find every few years the high deposit for the type of car we need) and a second car for journeys made not with, or not for, our son. So we purchased a WAV to suit us. We plan to keep it for 10 years then start all over again. We can use it how and when we like. The mobility part of DLA/PIP certainly helps but the bulk of the cost is borne by the parents. No surprise there!
  • Roddy
    Roddy Member Posts: 398 Pioneering
    @SteveE, you make an important and valid point. Motability caters for or doesn't cater at all for ALL disability situations. However, from where I am personally sat as a single man with one able bodied son, a normal car is ideal... adapted or larger vehicles are a different kettle of fish all together and I haven't had the personal need to look into this. It is obviously an issue, just as most peoples disability needs are different from the next, and so much thought needs to be taken into account, as there are very few 'standard' vehicles that are suitable for all, not to mention the costs involved.
  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    I have had a Motability car for years, even before, I could drive myself I had one and my dad was the main driver and then I drove for a number of years up until before my hip replacement as just too painful for me to drive now.  I get the Enhanced Mobility component and my husband drives our car these days.  I have always found the scheme to be really good and wouldn't think of opting out at any time as it is convenient.  We will change our car again in 2 years time.  I've never had any problems with the scheme and found them to be really helpful and it does help that they see to your car insurance, MOT/service, etc.  The only drawback I ever found when choosing a new car was the fact that I couldn't ever get a test drive in one as they would never have an automatic car in the garage, but that probably says more about the car showroom than Motability itself.  
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  • Jean Eveleigh
    Jean Eveleigh Member Posts: 163 Pioneering
    I an entitled to Motability but don't use it as:-
    A - I cannot drive
    B - The deposit cost for wheelchair accessible vehicles would cripple me financially
    C - I live in London so the transport links while not perfect are OK for both my manual and electric wheelchair use
    D - My carer drives and can fit my manual wheelchair in her boot or backseat.

    I have a disabled persons freedom pass (bus pass) and a taxi card for transport my PIP money all goes towards my general household finances, paying for the maintenance, insurance and any repairs my electric wheelchair needs and buying or replacing any equipment as and when I need it if it's not supplied by the NHS or Social services or of the waiting time is too long.
  • Roddy
    Roddy Member Posts: 398 Pioneering
    edited November 2019
    It's been interesting already to learn of the different thoughts regarding this thread. I can recall the days of my youth, when the only Mobility vehicles were light-blue and they stood out like sore-thumb. All of them had the same lever-like horizontal control system and were all the same size too and for one person only... In essence the Motorbility scheme today is applaudable and commendable, however it is ones eligibility to receive it which I feel is questionable. There seems to be a very fine line between YES or NO being determined by the wrong people in my view. 
  • April2018mom
    April2018mom Posts: 2,868 Connected
    We also use Motability.

    My son’s therapist told me about them. I have attended their annual information event and also read their useful magazine too. I was overwhelmed by their website however so I found it easier to talk to someone at their One Big Day event face to face instead. It is interesting to read other people’s stories and their opinions on this. I’m happy to fill out your survey. 
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
    Let`s talk about drive from wheelchair cars.

    I ride in my wheelchair, in the back of my wav...which I bought.ie not motability.
     I have looked into getting a drive from on motability. My word! The price of the adaptation is horrendous...about 15k I think.

    But you can get good used ones from around 10k.

    Does anyone have one,,,either on motability or otherwise?
  • Aura
    Aura Member Posts: 43 Courageous
    PIP did help me a lot, but DWP have taken it away.
    All women are equal.  Deeds, not words.

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