Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd November 2010.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding his Department has provided for Motability cars in each of the last five years; how many such cars were in use in each such year; what funding he plans to allocate to the scheme in each year to 2014-15; and what requirement his Department places upon provider charities to obtain value for money from such funding.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Motability is an independent charitable organisation and is wholly responsible for the administration of the Motability Scheme. Motability is largely self financed and the only funding the Department for Work and Pensions gives the scheme relates to the Specialised Vehicles Fund, which Motability administers on our behalf. The Specialised Vehicles Fund provides financial assistance to those severely disabled scheme customers who require complex vehicle adaptations that allow them to enter a car as a passenger while remaining seated in their wheelchair or enables them drive their car while seated in their wheelchair. Information on the number of Motability car scheme customers, the amount of funding the scheme received in respect of the Specialised Vehicles Fund and how many cars were adapted as a result of this financial assistance in each of the last five years is contained in the following tables. No decision has been reached on funding for the Specialised Vehicles Fund from 2011-12 onwards.

Independent analysis commissioned by Motability indicates that the car scheme is typically 35% cheaper on a like-for-like basis than other lease providers for the same car models. This reflects the scheme's economies of scale and the significant discounts it is able to negotiate as a result. Motability provides regular updates to the Department in respect of the Specialised Vehicles Fund and continues to work with vehicle manufacturers, the adaptation industry and other business partners to deliver the best possible value for its disabled customers.

Number of Motability car scheme customers in each of the last five years
2005-06 434,147
2006-07 460,149
2007-08 489,414
2008-09 519,932
2009-10 549,059
Funding for the Specialised Vehicle Fund and the number of wheelchair passenger and drive from wheelchair cars helped by the fund over the last five years
Funding (£ million) Number of drive from wheelchair cars Number of wheelchair passenger cars
2005-06 8.615 64 1,143
2006-07 9.087 67 1,714
2007-08 12.7 204 2,218
2008-09 17.036 253 1,559
2009-10 17.036 286 2,068

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