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Motability – The Big Event Manchester 6th May 2017.

I received a personal invitation from Motability to attend this show on behalf of FMAUK and I was pleased to accept so that I could check this event out and ask any pertinent questions for anyone with a Motability car and on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a changeover to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) on the way or anyone thinking of using the Motability Scheme.
We (my husband came with me) were met at the entrance by Alison and Amanda who took us for coffee over which we had a chat about my experience of being a Motability customer since 1990 and the recent changes to help people who have not been awarded enhanced mobility when they have transferred to PIP, already have a car under the Motability scheme and are therefore in danger of losing their car. Please see a previous post on the website about the improved help that is now available to someone who has a Motability car and chooses to go to appeal over the decision not to award enhanced mobility. Here is the information about how much money you get if you decide to keep your car while you go to appeal.
Financial support available:
  • For customers who joined the Scheme before 2013 and return the car within eight weeks**, £2000 will be available.
    Alternatively, you can choose to keep the vehicle for 26 weeks**, however in this case you will receive a reduced payment of £500
  • For customers who joined the Scheme during 2013 and return the car within eight weeks** a transitional support payment of £1,000 will be available.
    Alternatively, you can choose to keep the vehicle for 26 weeks** and receive a reduced payment of £250. 
  • For customers who joined the Scheme since 1 January 2014, when more information on PIP became available, a standard £250 Return to Dealer payment will be available if the vehicle is returned within eight weeks**. 
**All dates relate to the period starting from the day of the last DLA allowance payment.  
After the conversation, we were free to look round the show. As I am due to change my car in a few months we looked at the cars. The advantage of the show is that you get the opportunity to look at as many cars and ask as many questions as you need to – very useful if you are either looking at the Motability Scheme for the first time or like me at the point of changing your car. It saves trailing round a lot of garages. If you need to stay in your wheelchair there were plenty of the vehicles that accommodate this need.
I have never used any adaptations but we took the opportunity to look at a hoist for my wheelchair – the cost of adaptations are included in any deposit that is required for a car – a lot of cars are nil deposit. We had several useful conversations with firms that provide this service. One stand had suppliers of wheelchairs and scooters that you can use your enhanced mobility award for rather than a car.
The other stands were a large Motability stand, RSA Insurance, RAC and Kwikfit, all organisations linked with Motability along with Disabled Motoring UK. There were plenty of places to eat and drink it was possible to hire a wheelchair for the day. Everyone received a very useful ‘goodie’ bag on arrival and which included a tape measure which proved to be much used.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the stands were well laid out.
The main car park was given over to Blue Badge holders with transport to the entrance. If the Big Event comes near you and you are a Motability Scheme customer or are thinking of joining the scheme I would recommend a visit – there is no cost to get in.
(This event was attended by Janet and Geoff Hortonvon behalf of FMA UK)

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