Personal Independence Payment: Motability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th January 2017.

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Photo of Phil Boswell Phil Boswell Scottish National Party, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to extend the grace period for final decisions to be made on an appeal or mandatory reconsideration of a personal independence payment award for a Motability user in order to reduce the incidence of those claimants losing access to their vehicles.

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

The Government is always exploring new ways to support disabled people, including those making Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals and we continue to work closely with Motability.

Claimants are already allowed to keep their vehicle for up to seven weeks following an initial decision that they are not entitled to PIP, with Mandatory Reconsiderations normally completed well before this. Only a small proportion of PIP decisions are appealed and we are working closely with HM Courts and Tribunals Service to reduce appeals times, which continue to improve.

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