You may have heard that the Scottish Government assumed responsibility for disability benefits on 1 April 2020 and since then Social Security Scotland has been preparing to take over the delivery of disability benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for people in Scotland.
This will involve Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) being replaced over a period of time with two new allowances – Child Disability Payment and Adult Disability Payment – for disabled people living in Scotland.
In line with these allowance changes, you may also have heard that the Scottish Government are launching the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment Scheme. But what is it, and what does it mean for Motability Scheme customers in Scotland?
What is the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment Scheme?
The Accessible Vehicles and Equipment Scheme helps to provide disabled people in Scotland with access to vehicles or mobility equipment.
Once the rollout of Child Disability Payment begins later in July, anyone receiving the higher rate mobility component of this allowance will be able to exchange it to lease a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme. The Motability Scheme is an accredited provider for this scheme.
If you choose to use your allowance to lease a vehicle through the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme, Social Security Scotland will then arrange for the payments to be transferred directly to us from your higher rate mobility allowance, much like today with the DWP and DLA and PIP allowances.
Once Adult Disability Payment is introduced in Scotland, expected to be from spring 2022, anyone receiving the enhanced rate mobility component of this allowance will also be eligible to use the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme to lease a vehicle with us in the same way.
Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme and the Motability Scheme
As we announced in February 2020, the Motability Scheme has been accredited by the Scottish Government to provide cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs to eligible disabled people in Scotland.
This accreditation permits us to supply vehicles through the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme, so anyone receiving the higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment or the enhanced rate mobility component of Adult Disability Payment will be eligible lease a vehicle with the Motability Scheme.
Allowance payments will be administered by Social Security Scotland rather than the DWP, but you should find that the process of leasing a vehicle with us remains largely unchanged.
If you live in Scotland but currently receive one of the other qualifying allowances for the Motability Scheme, such as the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA or PIP, you can continue to access the Motability Scheme as normal.
Once the transition from DLA and PIP to Child and Adult Disability Payments begins, plans are in place with Social Security Scotland to make this a seamless transition, and customers shouldn’t experience any disruption to their lease.
Keep up to date with the latest information from the Scottish Government on the transfer of disability benefits to Social Security Scotland and the Accessible Vehicles and Equipment scheme by visiting their website gov.scot