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SSAC Wants Your Views on Supporting Disabled People

Posted in General News on Monday, November 11th, 2019

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is conducting a public consultation to examine how public money can be used to support the mobility needs of disabled people more effectively. The committee is primarily looking to receive evidence from Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs) and individuals who have experience of the Motability Scheme. They are particularly keen to hear from people who are eligible to use the Motability Scheme but do not take advantage of it, whether that be through choice or not. The SSAC is aware that there has been quite a lot of research conducted into the accessibility of public transport, but not a lot of research has been carried out in relation to the accessibility of private transport and how it benefits disabled people. Therefore, the committee is looking to find out why some people choose to opt out of the Motability Scheme, and the reasons why some people have problems accessing it.

If you would like to find out more information about the consultation and submit your response you can do so by visiting www.gov.uk. The consultation closes on 3rd December 2019 and DMUK will be submitting a response.

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Karen Scholes

Tuesday, November, 12th, 2019

Maybe it could be addressed to see if teenagers that really need access to the motability scheme can access it other than a PIP assessment report. Also maybe more funding for the DVLA medical review team. My just turned 17 yr old has been waiting 5.5 months so far for provisional licence/ review of submitted medical information for Drs. I believe that if she was deemed approved to access motability that this would have been much quicker. Desperate to be independent/ mobile and to allow her to go to Uni and live as ‘normal’ life as possible. Sadly, as she has a left sided weakness/spinal injury despite requiring an adapted automatic car she does not score high enough for motability as can walk 50 m with a crutch. (Pip assessment) she is not able to use public transport or use a wheelchair to get to school or walk to school. She cannot assess electric wheelchair either. She cannot use a normal wheelchair effectively as she cannot use her left hand. Rather than PIP maybe there should be exceptional rules. I’m doubt she’s not the only youngster starting out in life with a disability that really needs access to the scheme. As a parent I’d happily pay the monthly fee rather than having to try to save funds for an automatic car and then pay the adaption fees too just in the attempt to give my daughter independence. Maybe just access to a loan for adaptions in these case or just a little hope would be nice.

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Irene Watkins

Friday, November, 15th, 2019

Hello. Thank you for all the things you do to aid disabled people. We love the magazine and any other correspondence you send to me. I did use a Motability car for a few years but then decided to purchase our own car because my husband is younger than me and I thought it would be better for him if anything should happen to me he would have a car of his own. Keep up the good work that you do. Irene Watkins.

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Dorothy M. Chambers

Tuesday, November, 19th, 2019

For many years I used my higher rate Mobility component mainly for scooter purchase/ maintenance and taxi use. I then calculated that we would benefit financially by hiring from Motability, so did so for 6 years until I lost the higher rate; we then bought the three year old car at a good price and with their allowance which is still running well after a further 3 years. As the care component has gone up, we are not a lot worse off financially. The best thing about hiring for me was the security of having a new car every three years and no bills apart from fuel. Our part-time self employed work patterns worked well with mileage criteria, but the point above about boot room/access for scooter determining and limiting choice is very important too. However, if Motability allowed hire with lower rate mobility, I would consider using it again for the reasons above. We live in a market town in a rural county with very limited public transport, even for non-disabled people, but improved access would encourage me to use it where we now have to use the car. Much greater investment is needed nationally in public transport as well as, not instead of investment in help for disabled people who need personal means of transport.

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Mrs Rachael Vasmer

Friday, November, 15th, 2019

I have used the Motability Scheme in the past but found it was too inflexible for disabled drivers who work. I needed to have business cover on my insurance as I had to use my car during the course of my employment. It became increasingly difficult to get business cover on my insurance if I used the scheme. In addition, the mileage limits meant that I always had a significant payment to make for excess mileage. The scheme would be much more attractive if it also catered for those of us who need to use vehicles for work and as a result did more mileage. The scheme was also limiting in that not all vehicles were available on the scheme, meaning that I could not always get the car that I wanted. When I purchased my last vehicle the choice was dictated by the size of the boot and whether it would take my wheelchair or scooter. This was more important than using the Motability Scheme. The widest range of vehicles possible therefore needs to be included within the Scheme. I found it more flexible to use the mobility component of my benefit to help me buy a car of my choice with no mileage limit and a car that I could insure in the way that I needed.