Up to two hundred disabled people a week are losing their right to a Motability vehicle, due to draconian welfare changes.
Estimates suggest that between 150 to 200 disabled people lose their right to a Motability vehicle each week, after being transferred from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
PIP is replacing DLA for all disabled people over the age of sixteen.
A toughening of the testing regime under PIP means that some severely disabled people, who would have qualified for a Motability car when claiming DLA, are no longer eligible.
Yesterday’s Adrian Goldberg’s radio show for BBC West Midlands featured a phone call from Nicola, who has Multiple Sclerosis and is reliant on the use of a wheelchair.
Nicola told the show that she lost her Motability car after being reassessed for PIP, despite not being able to get around and completely incapable of walking.
Official figures show that 1,122,000 people have made a claim for PIP up to July 2015, with 530,000 currently in receipt of payments. The award rate for new claims is 49%, while 76% of reassessments result in a successful outcome.
However, a succession of statistical reports have failed to show how many disabled people have been awarded the enhanced mobility rate of PIP. Being awarded this rate would mean that a disabled person may also be eligible for a Motability vehicle.
Speaking on the BBC radio show, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK (DRUK), Liz Sayce, said the benefits system was failing to keep up with people’s needs.
DRUK has urged the Government to rethink its approach to welfare, and also says PIP claim forms are over-complicated.
Current claim forms are creating “another barrier to getting a proper assessment”, says DRUK.
They added that disability benefits should be “targeted towards keeping people independent”, rather than building more barriers to personal independence and possible employment opportunities.
The charity has created a guide for disabled people claiming PIP, which can be downloaded free from their website.
DRUK also has a useful guide to challenging benefits decisions.