More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially-adapted vehicles taken away by the Government, a charity has said. The Motability scheme entitles disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair using part of their benefit. But thousands of people are now being denied Motability as they transfer over from disability living allowance (DLA) to the controversial new disability benefit PIP. The latest figures from the Motability charity show 51,000 people have been taken off the scheme after a reassessment for personal independence payments (PIP) since it launched in 2013 – 45% of all cases. Of these, more than 3,000 have since rejoined after the decision to refuse them PIP was overturned. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says a fraction of PIP decisions are overturned, while those taken off the Motability scheme are eligible for £2,000 of support. But charity Muscular Dystrophy UK said 900 cars are now being taken away every week, as more people are rejected
Source: Thousands of disabled people lose special cars in controversial new scheme | DisabledGo News and Blog
We have been here before. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee has heard about flaws in the benefit assessment process many times – whether it be for ESA or PIP. Has it made a blind bit of…
Source: MPs have been told disability benefits assessments are flawed – time and time again. Where’s the action? | Vox Political
We know that life costs more if you’re disabled. Personal Independence Payments (PIP) play a key role in helping disabled people to manage some of these extra costs.
Last week the Government announced plans to tighten up access to PIP. We are concerned that this reduction in financial support will make it harder for many disabled people to live independent and fulfilling lives.
The extra costs of disability
Scope research shows disabled people spend on average £550 a month on costs related to their impairment or condition. For one in 10, these costs amount to £1,000 a month.
The additional costs disabled people face broadly fall into three categories:
- Expensive purchases of specialised equipment, such as wheelchairs or screen readers.
- Greater use of non-specialised goods and services, such as energy or taxis and private hire vehicles.
- Paying more for non-specialised goods and services, such as insurance or higher tariffs for accessible hotel rooms.
These costs have a detrimental impact on disabled people’s financial stability. For instance, disabled people have an average of £108,000 fewer savings
Source: PIP is a lifeline for disabled people and needs to be protected | Scope’s Blog
The Tories have just admitted that the assessments for PIP are meaningless and nothing more than a charade. MP George Freeman the head of the Number 10 Policy Board has just admitted this today on …
Source: Tories admit PIP assessments are a meaningless charade
Healthcare professionals who carry out face-to-face assessments of benefit claimants have lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations, according to a two-month Disability News Service (DNS) investigation.
The investigation has compiled evidence from more than 20 disabled people who have contacted DNS over the last year or have commented on previous DNS news stories to claim that their assessors – usually qualified nurses – lied repeatedly in reports they produced for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The evidence compiled during the investigation suggests a far-reaching, institutional problem that stretches across DWP and the two private sector contractors – Atos Healthcare and Capita – that assess eligibility for personal independence payment (PIP) on its behalf.
Source: PIP INVESTIGATION: Assessment reports show widespread dishonesty by nurses | DisabledGo News and Blog