The Motability scheme lets you use your mobility benefits to lease a scooter. You're eligible for the scheme if you receive one of the following benefits:
- the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
- the Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of PIP
- the Armed Forces Independence Payment
- the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
You can use your benefits to hire either a car or a powered wheelchair or a mobility scooter.
A mobility scooter lease runs for three years. The cost also covers:
- breakdown cover,
- servicing, and
- maintenance (including tyre and battery replacements).
The cost of leasing a mobility scooter is often less than your mobility allowance, so the rest of your money will still be paid directly to you.
Motability dealers can help you decide which scooter is right for you. They can also come to your home.
If you're in work, or about to start work, you may be able to get help from the Access to Work scheme. They may cover the cost of a mobility scooter if it's the most efficient way for you to get to work. Cases are assessed on an individual basis.
For more information, contact your local Jobcentre Plus or visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview.
The Royal British Legion provides financial support to people who have served in the Armed Forces and their dependants and carers. Their Immediate Needs Grants can be used to fund a mobility scooter. Cases are considered on an individual basis.
SSAFA supports veterans and people currently serving in the Armed Forces. They can help with funding for a mobility scooter. Contact your local branch for details. You can find branches near you using their website, or by contacting their main office.
Some charities give grants to individuals:
- Your local library should be able to help you find sources, such as the Round Table, Rotary or Lions Clubs, and other local charities.
- Disability groups such as Scope, the MS Society or the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign may know of sources of help.
Other organisations to consider:
Charity Search, which provides a free service to help you find a grant-giving charity if you are aged 50 or over.
Turn2us offers a free service to help you find financial support in the form of welfare benefits, grants and other help tailored to your circumstances.
Last updated: November 2015