45% of Motability claimants have vehicles taken away, scheme claims

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More than 50,000 people have had adapted vehicles taken away since changes to disability benefits four years ago.

That’s according to the Motability scheme, which entitled disabled people to lease adapted cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs with part of their personal independence payments (PIP) benefit.

45% of claimants have had their vehicles removed since changes were made to benefits in 2013, according to the scheme.

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According to a BBC report, of the 51,000 vehicles removed, more than 3,000 people have rejoined the scheme after the decision to refuse them PIPs was overturned.

To qualify for a Motability vehicle, a person must be unable to walk unaided for 20 metres, compared to the 50 metres requirement which existed before changes to benefits.

Around 900 cars are being removed from people every week as the amount of successful PIP claimants reduces, according to the Muscular Dystrophy charity.

Many people are demanding changes to the Motability scheme so that people can appeal against a decision.

Campaigners include Conservative MP Peter Bone, who told the BBC:  “You need it for mobility purposes and maybe you use it for work, but because you lose your PIP award you lose the car at the same time.You appeal against the PIP award and ultimately the tribunal awards you back the PIP, but you’ve already lost the car and maybe your job because of it.”

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