Ministers have introduced new measures allowing people to keep their specially-adapted Motability vehicles for six months after being denied personal independence payments (PIP).
The new rules will allow disabled people to continue using their vehicles whilst they appeal. People are able to keep their vehicles for eight weeks without losing any of their £2,000 sum and can then choose to extend this period for up to six months and lose part of their sum.
The announcement follows a backlash from claims that more than 50,000 people had their Motability vehicles removed since PIP began replacing the old disability benefit system in 2013.
It was reported that only 3,000 out of the 50,000 had their vehicles returned after appeal.
The new changes resulting from the backlash have been criticised as ‘too little too late’ by some campaigners and MPs.
This week the Motability scheme celebrated its 40th year of operations in an event attended by HM the Queen which saw Motability partners such as mobility scooter and WAV suppliers join in the celebrations.
It was also announced this week that Seat automotive company’s UK arm has seen a 440% increase in sales through its Motability channel in Q1 compared to last year. Car dealers in general are experiencing an increase in Motability sales and Seat’s figures are a promising sign for WAV converters in the UK.