Motability

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey 12:00 am, 9th January 2017

Whether his Department plans to publish data on the number of people who have lost their Motability scheme vehicle following their reassessment for personal independence payments.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Motability is an independent charity responsible for its own management information, including what data it publishes. There are 70,000 more people with a Motability car than there were in 2010.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

My constituent Evelyn Campbell had her Motability car removed on 20 December following a PIP assessment, leaving her housebound and distressed over Christmas. It will take months for her appeal to be heard. In the meantime, her car has been sold. Is this not another cruel policy from this Government? Given that 60% of PIP appeals are successful and that the cars have to be reprovided, is it not also a totally false economy?

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Those who lose their vehicle receive transitional support through Motability, including the right to buy the vehicle and a £2,000 lump sum. Although only a small proportion of PIP decisions are appealed and overturned—

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

That is of those going to appeal, not the case load. I am exploring a range of options to support claimants pending appeal, and I will be working closely with Motability on this.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

I am encouraged by what the excellent Minister has just said. The key point is that I do not think the car should be withdrawn until the appeal process has finished. As it is only a small number, as the Minister has said, could she be encouraged to look at that route?

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are looking at this issue. We are also looking at those who might wish to travel overseas, for whatever reason, whether for work or a travel option, and we are working very closely with Motability to see what can be done in those instances.