Motability review could see mobility allowance extended to more people

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The Motability scheme is under review by the government and could be extended to children under three.

That’s according to a report by the BBC which claims the government said it is looking to change its policy on who is eligible for assistance to purchase mobility equipment after a special case came to light.

Children under three are not currently eligible for help to get them adapted vehicles via the Motability scheme.

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But after a campaign by a mother of a disabled two-year-old who has been fighting for the allowance a government minister announced it is now looking at ways of extending help to children under three. The mother of Stanley Murphy from Newton Abbot has welcomed the news.

Penny Morduant MP, Minister for Department for Work and Pensions, told Parliament the move was “a big step forward to enable families to go out together if they have small children who have heavy equipment”.

A spokesperson for Motability said the charity was “working closely with Family Fund to explore how we might be able to support the mobility of families with severely disabled children aged under three who have exceptional mobility needs”, according to the report.

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