Lease of mobility scooters

Barry Ranns made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Motability
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Dear Motability,
I would like to know why somebody receiving standard rate PIP mobility is unable to lease a mobility scooter.

The standard payment of mobility, if used to lease a scooter, (£22.65 weekly £3533.40 over 3 years) would mean any person on standard rate mobility would be able to lease a properly maintained scooter.

From the above figures it seems illogical that a person on enhanced rate Mobility can lease a top of the range car, costing over £30,000 yet only they can lease a top of the range mobility scooter costing under £3000.

This appears discriminatory less severely disabled and I would appreciate an explanation.

Yours faithfully,

B Ranns

Selcuk, Sarra, Motability

Dear Mr Ranns,

Thank you for your enquiry. I can confirm that Motability is not a ‘public authority’ and is therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Motability Scheme is available to anyone who receives one of the following mobility allowances, with at least 12 months’ award length remaining.

• Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
• Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
• War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
• Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

All or part of the allowance is transferred to Motability Operations Ltd for the duration of the lease. The Scheme is unable to accept payment of any benefit other than those listed in our eligibility criteria without changes to secondary legislation.

Kind regards,


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