Mobility Scooters. Scooters can be viewed at various places but it is possably better once you have selected the make of scooter best suited to your needs to go straight to the manufacturer, this way you avoid paying the middle man.
Usefull Names & Address' Smart Scooters 32-34 Market Hall The Mall Arndale Centre Luton Beds. LU1 2TA
Carver Care & Mobility 2g The Gallery The Luton Arndale Centre Luton Beds. LU1 2TW
The Disability Resource Centre Poynters House Poynters Road Dunstable Beds. LU5 4TP www.drcbeds.org.uk
Driving When you feel ready to start driving again it may be worth contacting HAD. Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD) The Woodside Centre The Commons Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire. AL7 4DD Telephone: 01707 384263 HAD have a variety of vehicles fitted with different types of adaptation, to make it possible for you to drive with your disability.
Local Companies that can adapt your excisting vehicle. PBConversions www.pbconversions.co.uk Unit6/Acacia Close Cherrycourt Way Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 4QE.Tele' 01525 850588
If you need to speak to the limb centre regarding your prosthesis or make an emergency appointment call 01582 497122 Switchboard 01582 497125 Val Galbraith
Motability and PIP Important Information for Motability Customers What is PIP? On the 8th April 2013, the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) introduced a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which will replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible disabled people aged between 16 and 64. Like DLA, PIP will have two components: a “daily living” component and a “mobility” component. Each component will have two rates of payment: a “standard” rate and an “enhanced” rate. Like DLA, PIP will not be means-tested or taxable, and can be paid whether the claimant is working or not.
Who will be affected by PIP? PIP will replace DLA for disabled people aged between 16 and 64, even if they currently have an ‘indefinite’ or ‘lifetime’DLA award. DLA will remain for children until they reach the age of 16 DLA will continue to be available for those aged 65 and over on 8 April 201 Recipients of the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement are not affected by the planned changes
How will DWP assess eligibility for PIP? The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will award PIP based upon their assessment of an individual’s ability to carry out a range of everyday activities. The criteria for PIP will be different from those for DLA. Following public consultations, DWP will finalise the details of the application and assessment processes before the end of 2012 and send general information about PIP to all existing DLA claimants in early 2013. Based on information and evidence provided by the claimant, together with a face-to-face consultation in most cases, DWP will decide on individuals’ entitlement to the various components of PIP, at which point DLA payments will end and any PIP payments awarded, will begin.
When will PIP be introduced for affected DLA claimants? At some point between August 2013 and Spring 2016, the DWP will write to affected DLA recipients, informing them that their DLA is due to end and explaining how they can apply for PIP. DWP will continue to make DLA payments until a decision on the PIP claim has been made. If PIP is not claimed or is not awarded, then DLA payments will end.
Will the Motability Scheme continue? Yes, the Motability Scheme will work with PIP in the same way as it does with DLA. Motability will continue to lease cars, powered wheelchairs and scooters to disabled people who receive either: The Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA The enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP (from April 2013 The War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement How will PIP affect my ability to use the Motability Scheme? Eligibility to use the Motability Scheme is based on receiving one of the three benefits listed above. For existing Scheme Costomers, their eligibility to remain on the Motability Scheme will therefore depend on the outcome of their assessment for PIP.
So, what happens if I am awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP? In these circumstances, customers should not experience any disruptions to their Mobility lease as they move from one benefit to another.
And what happens if I am not awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP? Existing recipients of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA who are not awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP will not be eligible to use the MobilityScheme. If that happens, The leasing agreement ends; Motability arranges with the customer for the vehicle to be returned; Motability refunds any Advance Payment on a pro-rata basis e.g. if the agreement ended after one year of a three year lease, two-thirds of the Advance Payment would be refunded; and Subject to terms and conditions, Motability may in some cases be able to offer the vehicle for sale to the customer
Can I keep the Mobility vehicle if I am not awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP but I am appealing against that decision? As today, customers will be able to appeal if they disagree with the decision. However, DWP will not continue to make DLA payments while an appeal is being processed and Motability will therefore not be able to leave a vehicle with the customer. If the appeal is successful, the customer will of course be eligible to re-join the Scheme.
What do I need to do now? DWP will send general information about PIP to all existing DLA claimants in February 2013. Existing DLA claimants do not need to make a claim for PIP until they are contacted by DWP at some point before Spring 2016.
Where can I find out more about PIP? More information about the DWP’s plans for DLA and PIP can be found on the Government’s website: www.direct.gov.uk/pip