To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently paid the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance; of this number, how many are eligible to obtain a car under the Motability schemes, and what restrictions apply; and how many of those eligible have obtained a vehicle and at what annual cost.
Everyone in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance is eligible and can choose to exchange some or all of this benefit for a Motability vehicle. The benefit remains payable whether or not the recipient chooses to obtain a vehicle through the Motability scheme.
At November 2011, there were 1,789,970 claimants receiving the higher rate mobility component. Of these, 575,676 opted to join the Motability scheme and 565,703 obtained a Motability car.