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Westover Kia - PIP and Motability

At Westover Kia our Motability experts are on hand to help you with any queries you may have about accessing a Motability vehicle and can also guide you through some of the factors to consider before making your final selection.

Below is a short outline of the key changes currently taking place around eligibility. Our showroom experts are on hand to help but if you have concerns about your application or payments, please contact Motability.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being swapped with a new type of benefit, called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started this process in April 2013 and hope to have completed this phased replacement by 2018.

People aged 16-65 years old with eligible disabilities can benefit from PIP and this will replace DLA (including those who currently have an 'indefinite' or 'lifetime' DLA award). There are two elements to PIP - the first is a 'daily living' component and the second is a 'mobility' component – and two rates of pay, a 'standard' rate and an 'enhanced' rate.

Assessment criteria to determine who is eligible for PIP is slightly different from that used for DLA. These assessment changes may have an impact on people using their DLA to finance a vehicle under the Motability Scheme.

Before October 2018, the DWP will write to all DLA recipients and explain that your DLA is due to end. The letter will offer more information about PIP and explain how you can apply for it. There is not any need to take action until you have been contacted by the DWP.

The DWP will award you with PIP depending on your ability to carry out a series of everyday activities - based on this information and evidence as well as a face-to-face consultation - the DWP will decide on which PIP components (eg 'daily living' or 'mobility', 'standard' or 'enhanced') to offer you.

Your DLA payments will continue until PIP has been claimed. If PIP is not claimed or has not been awarded then your DLA payments will finish.

The Motability Scheme will work alongside PIP in the same way it has worked with the DLA, leasing cars to disabled people who are entitled to:

  • the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA,
  • the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP,
  • the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, or
  • the Armed Forces Independence Payment.

In order to be eligible for one of Westover Kia's vehicles under the Motability scheme, you must be currently receiving one of the benefits listed above or, alternatively, wait for the outcome of your PIP assessment.

If you're awarded the 'enhanced' rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, your Motability provision will continue as it always has done.

If you are not eligible under PIP, then you will have to leave the Motability Scheme. For people who may struggle during this difficult transition period, the Motability Scheme has put together a support package, including financial and practical assistance. For more information, please go to http://www.motability.co.uk/understanding-the-scheme/pip-and-motability/.