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Unsuccessful PIP claimants can now keep Motability cars for extended period

Wheelchair user next to her car
Wheelchair user next to her car Image credit: arbuyer.co.uk

The government have announced disabled people who are unsuccessful with their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments will be permitted to hold on to their Motability vehicles for up to six months.

It was recently reported claimants turned down for the payments must return their cars immediately but the Motability charity has stepped it to overturn the original plan.

Since PIP replaced the Disability Living Allowance in 2013 more than 50,000 people have lost their vehicles. To compensate Motability introduced a transitional package which offered £2,000 and allowed unsuccessful claimants to keep their cars for an extra three weeks whilst they go through the appeal process.

The plan has now been extended to eight weeks and ensures the claimants will not lose any of the money providing they return their car within the allotted time.

Conservative minister Penny Mordaunt said: "Being able to get around is fundamental to living independently, which is why the Motability scheme is valued by so many people.

"These changes will give peace of mind to many people going through the appeals process.

"I'm glad that we've been able to work together with Motability to reinforce our commitment to help disabled people in their day-to-day lives."

The change has been welcomed by a number of charities.

Phil Reynolds from Parkinson’s UK said: "This new support is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t change the fact that thousands of people with Parkinson’s will still have to go through the stress and uncertainty of losing their Motability car to begin with, potentially worsening their condition."

Nic Bungay from Muscular Dystrophy UK said: "We need assessors to have a better understanding of disabilities, and the DWP to revert the reassessment rules to the well-supported and evidenced system we had in place before 2013.”

The U-Turn comes 36 days before a ban on nearly all ministerial statements leading up to the general election.