In a controversial new scheme, the government’s taken away 51,000 disabled people’s specially adapted vehicles.
The Motability scheme entitles disabled people to use part of their benefit to hire a new car. They can also hire a scooter or powered wheelchair.
However, the new disability benefit PIP (Personal Independence Payments) means that thousands of people are now being denied Motability. This is because of the transfer over from disability living allowance (DLA).
Since PIP was launched in 2013, the number of people eligible for Motability funding has halved during the reassessment process.
According to the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK, 900 cars are now being taken away every week.
MPs and campaigners are now demanding changes to the Motability programme, so vehicles are not taken away before claimants have had a chance to appeal against their decision.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says a fraction of PIP decisions are overturned, while those taken off the Motability scheme are eligible for £2,000 of support.
Muscular Dystrophy UK is now calling on the DWP to reverse a fiercely contested change in the rules.
To qualify for the higher level of the mobility component of PIP, which is needed to get a Motability vehicle, a person must be unable to walk unaided for 20 metres, compared with the previous distance of 50 metres under DLA.
There are now 70,000 more people on the Motability scheme compared with 2010.
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