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Petition To Stop Unfair Changes To Motability Scheme

March 18, 2015

Readers, please sign this at Change.org:

Motability policy changes mean that eligibility for grants from the Special Vehicle Fund now discriminates against those who cannot work, not volunteer, are not in education for at least 12 hours a week or who do not have sole responsibility to care for a child under 14 years of age.

Motability have, without any consultation or even any public announcement, changed their grant making conditions for funding for drive-from-wheelchair and Internal transfer wheelchair vehicles. Motability claim these changes are necessary as funding is limited and financial assistance can only be offered for the best value solution.

We are shocked that severely disabled people who rely on access to such vehicles will no longer be eligible for grants from the scheme and therefore unable to replace vehicles which are essential to their independence.

For those deemed ‘undeserving and unworthy’ for such funding it is a massive blow to independence and will, as most cuts seem to, prevent disabled people getting an education, getting and keeping employment and being able to take part in society in the same way non-disabled people can.

In addition, Motability are continuing to operate in an underhand way by offering to extend a disabled person’s contract for 2 years without providing the information that by accepting the extension the disabled person’s eligibility for a grant is then cancelled.

Yet Motability is a publicly funded body operating on behalf of the government which claims to be “Providing disabled people and their families with the real benefits of freedom.”

Such vehicles are not provided free of charge – disabled people in the UK contribute the Motability component of their DLA/PIP awards towards the cost.

 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Eunice permalink
    March 18, 2015 12:21 am

    where can I sign this petition

  2. March 18, 2015 3:05 am

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

  3. Sasson Hann permalink
    March 18, 2015 9:26 am

    Yes, they’re closing all ‘loopholes’ slowly and surely to keep the disabled out of sight.

    I mean ‘loopholes’ in that first LAs dropped transport, socialisation and shopping from care plans, whilst still making sure that disabled people continued to pay the SAME contribution for their care, which didn’t free up money to pay for such things privately. Then PIP started to strip cars from the disabled, but they couldn’t fall back on LA care plans for transport. And now, it is sealed with the move that anyone who still manages to hold onto the mobility part of their PIP, but who is not ‘contributing’ to society in some way, will not receive a car.

    Help with transport is vital for someone unable to use public transport; it’s a ‘no brainer’. Yes, mobility payments of say £50 per week seem like a lot of money, but if you don’t live near a town, like myself, visiting family can be £20 per visit, similarly shopping, so it doesn’t go very far just for the basic things like this (not including social activities you might want to engage in).

    Just because you may not be able to ‘contribute’ to society, doesn’t mean that disabled people should forgo their independence. I’m older so I’ve had some life, such that it was, but what have younger disabled people got to look forward to other than sitting in four walls?

  4. onmybiketoo permalink
    March 18, 2015 10:16 am

    I do not know who this scheme think they are serving, as they certainly are not helping the most mobility disabled already. As if you need a very specialised vehicle who the hell has £10k every few years plus their HR DLA. Some older disabled people have already fully contributed to society , retired and now want to be able to visit relatives, go shopping, etc Very angry and yet more people excluded from this scheme that was useless to us.

  5. jaypot2012 permalink
    March 18, 2015 7:51 pm

    We disabled and long-term sick really are being put out of sight – I am really angry that Motability is discriminating between the disabled. They ought to be ashamed of themselves!

  6. jaypot2012 permalink
    March 18, 2015 7:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    Wrong, on a whole new level…

  7. March 22, 2015 5:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

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