31,500 Scots In Line To Lose Motability Cars Under PIP

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MORE than 30,000 disabled Scots face losing specially adapted vehicles as Iain Duncan Smith steps up his agenda to cut back on welfare provisions.

Last year a total of 70,000 people north of the Border used the Motability scheme – which allows participants to lease out a car, scooter or powered wheelchair using an allowance provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

But a new reassessment process being brought in as claimants move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) has led to almost 14,000 people across the UK having their vehicles taken from them.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, SNP spokeswoman for social justice and welfare, said that if the reassessment rate continued some 31,500 people on the scheme in Scotland would lose their vehicles. “Almost 14,000 disabled people have already had their specialist cars taken away from them following reassessment, and if the current…

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