The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64 is being replaced with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). As part of the Government Welfare Reform programme, PIP will be introduced with two components: a "daily living" component and a "mobility" component. Each component will offer a "standard" and an "enhanced" rate.
Like DLA, PIP is not means-tested or taxable, and can be paid whether the claimant is working or not.
If you are awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Motability Component of PIP you may be eligible to join the Motability scheme.
If you have 12 months or more remaining on your current allowance then you can apply to lease a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair.
Joining the Motability Scheme, you simply exchange all or part of your motability allowance to lease a vehicle of your choice. After three years, either hand back your car, or if you'd like to stay on the Motability Scheme, you can choose to lease a new vehicle for another three years.
If you are not awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Motability Component of PIP, you will no longer be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Motability Scheme and we will be in touch to help support you through this transition.
You will have around six weeks from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decision to return your car. We'll write to you giving you all the information you need, including details of our transitional support package. You may also be eligible for a pro-rata refund of any Advance Payment you made.