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Motability The simple Motability Scheme allows disabled people to exchange their government-funded mobility allowances for a car, a powered wheelchair or a scooter. National charity Motability oversees the scheme, which has supplied over 2million cars and powered wheelchairs to customers since it was launched by the Government in 1978. With over 4,000 cars available and 250 on offer at no more than the cost of the weekly mobility allowance, Motability’s Car Scheme includes a new car every three years, full insurance, road tax, tyres, breakdown cover, 60,000 miles over three years and servicing, maintenance and repairs. Adaptations and wheelchair accessible vehicles are also available. Customers can also choose to make an additional advanced payment and increase the choice of vehicles available to them. The payment may range from £50 to thousands of pounds depending on the vehicle chosen. Vehicles range from small run-arounds and 4x4s and automatic cars are available. Alternatively, the Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme offers full insurance, breakdown cover, tyres and batteries, servicing maintenance and repairs and a free no obligation home demonstration with the wheelchair or scooter. The advance payment is payable in one lump sum to the Motability dealer at the start of the contract hire lease. MY CARE GUIDE

Anyone wishing to own the vehicle at the end of the agreement can also opt for a hire purchase plan. To be eligible to join the Motability Car Scheme, you must receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is currently at £46.75 per week, or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WMPS), currently at £52.25 per week. Plus, anyone who is eligible for the contract hire package doesn’t need to drive the car. Up to two friends or relatives may be nominated as drivers and parents or carers can apply on behalf of a child aged three years and above. Proposed drivers must not have any serious driving convictions, disqualifications or endorsements within the last five years, and some restrictions apply to under-25s and provisional licence holders. To choose the contract hire scheme you must have at least 12 months’ award length remaining and to choose the hire purchase agreement you must receive the allowance for the full length of the agreement. For more information on the Motability Scheme or to search for a dealer, log on to www.motability.co.uk. To check whether you are eligible to claim the DLA, call the Disability and Carers Service on 08457 123456 or visit www.direct.gov.uk. To enquire about the WPMS, call the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency on 0800 169 2277 or visit www.veterans-uk.info.  51

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