Attendance Allowance: Motability

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of including a mobility element in Attendance Allowance that enables access to the Motability scheme.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Attendance Allowance is intended to help those with a severe disability who have long term care or supervision needs which arise after reaching State Pension age. It has never included a mobility component, and so cannot be used in payment for a leased Motability scheme vehicle. Government mobility support is focused on people who are disabled earlier in life; developing mobility needs in older life is a normal consequence of ageing, which non-disabled younger people have had opportunity to plan and save for.

There is no constraint on what an award of Attendance Allowance can be spent on, and a recipient may choose to use this benefit to fund mobility aids.

In Scotland, Attendance Allowance is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, and will be replaced in due course.

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