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Posted on: 27 Sept 

Great news for Motability Customers: Motability Receives Major Donation

In June 2019, Motability made the announcement that they were going to create an Endowment Fund to help Motability in improving the lives of disabled people through transportation. In late 2018, Motability operations made a £400 million donation to the fund which will be known as The Motability Foundation, with discussions commencing in June on how the sizeable donation could be appropriately used. According to Motability, the foundation is in the process of developing initiatives which will include factors such as:
• Expansion of the ‘Drive-From-Wheelchair Program’
• Increasing passenger Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle grant-funding
• Extending driving lesson support and funding
• Accelerating support of the Family Fund Mobility Scheme, to help families with severely disabled children under the age of three who have significant mobility needs.

In early 2019, the department for work and pensions debated other areas which they are engaged in which could benefit from the foundation and provide support. July, 2019 brought the answer with the Minister for Disabled People announcing that Motability would be extending their charitable contributions into two new areas.

The first of which being, over the next three years, Motability have committed to supporting all scheme customers who lose eligibility to the Motability Scheme as a result of a stopped allowance, such as PIP to PIP assessment, with a Stopped Allowance Support Payment of £1,000. This is in addition to the ongoing commitment of £175million supporting Scheme customers who lose their eligibility to use the Scheme following reassessment from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The second area being an effort to help more disabled people gain access to employment. Motability’s close contact with the Department for Work and Pensions to provide grants to pay the transport related Social and Domestic Contribution on behalf of disabled people who have applied for Access to Work support.

On the 26th of September, Motability made the announcement that a further £800 million will be donated to the Motability foundation to allow the extension and sustainment of Motability’s current grant-making programmes and introduce new initiatives, considering industry capacity and additional resource, for example the need for highly trained specialist staff. The donation was made in addition to investing in the initiatives which the services Motability customers receive as we as the packages offered to the scheme customers including a release of £100million.

Since 2008, Motability Operations has invested a huge £1.37billion in initiatives to support customers, such as free and subsidised vehicle adaptations, subsidised Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle pricing, alternative transport such as taxis or hire cars when a Scheme vehicle is off the road, and payments to customers when they return their vehicles in a good condition.