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Claimants To Keep Motability Vehicles While Appealing DLA To PIP Decisions

April 21, 2017

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

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.

More details are available on the Parliament website.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2017 7:51 am

    Reblogged this on michaelsnaith.

  2. Maggie Wallace permalink
    April 21, 2017 11:35 am

    “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.”

    That’s not a lot of use – took me over 6 weeks from DWP getting letter (so over 10 weeks from original Decision) to get MR decision, and it’s currently 19 weeks where I live to get to Tribunal. Someone I know elsewhere has been told 24 weeks to Tribunal. 6 months isn’t long enough unless DWP gets its act together on MRs and the Tribunal Service is able to cope better with the numbers applying for Tribunals.

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