The Government has started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64. If you are awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, you will continue to be able to lease a car through the Motability Scheme.
What does that mean to you?
PIP will replace DLA for disabled people aged between 16 and 64, even if you currently have 'indefinite' or 'lifetime' award. Disabled children will continue to receive DLA until they reach the age of 16. DLA will also continue to be available for those who were aged 65 and over on 8 April 2013.
PIP and your next lease
I'm due to choose my next car now; what should I do?
Do you have 12 months or more of your allowance remaining? if so, go ahead and choose your new car as usual.
If you have less than 12 months remaining, or you have a letter from the DWP inviting you for a reassessment for PIP, Call Motability on 0300 456 4566. They will discuss extending the lease on your existing car so you can keep it until you find out the result of your reassessment.
How could the reassessment affect my eligibility for Motability?
When the DWP does invite you to apply for PIP, there could be one of two outcomes:
If I'm not awarded the Enhanced Rate of Mobility Component of PIP?
You will have around six weeks from the DWP's decision to return your car. We'll write to you giving you all the information you need, including details of our transitional support package of up to £2,000. You will also be eligible for a pro-rata refund of any Advance Payment you made.
What will happen about the remaining lease payments on my agreement?
As soon as the car is returned you won't have to pay any further lease payments.
All the latest information about PIP and the support package: www.motability.co.uk/pip
How Motability can support you
If the DWP informs us that you're not eligible for the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, Motability will write to you about returning your car. We're keen to support you through this transition and financial support is available as long as you return the car to the dealership in good condition and by the agreed date. Here's what to expect.
Need Further Information?
If you would like to know more about Motability, just get in touch by calling your nearest Underwoods Mazda dealership on 01206 844423 or contact us using the enquiry form on this page and we'll get in touch with you.