More than 13,000 in the U.K. see mobility cars taken away under new disability assessment protocol
- Some in the U.K. disability community have begun to worry and push back as the government transfers from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), a program for people aged 16 to 64 with disabilities due for nationwide implementation in 2018.
- The new scheme requires new applicants as well as historical DLA recipients to apply for the new allowance, which requires a face-to-face assessment by a program official to determine whether they qualify for the highest rate and the opportunity to appeal should they not.
- Those without sufficient points to earn the highest rate (to date, 13,900 of the 31,200 former DLA recipients reassessed for PIP) lose access to the allowance rate that enabled them to lease a car through the Motability Scheme.
“Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away” (BBC)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Motability (Motability)
“Girl who had leg amputated told she’s not ‘disabled enough’ for Motability car” (The Daily Mirror)
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