SSAC Report: The use of public funds in supporting the mobility needs of disable

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    Oscarmax
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    I have had a quick look BigDave, especially some of the recommendations


    In 2005 I suffered a brain injury which has left me with mental and physical disabilities.
    Unfortunately I do get confused and get things wrong, so I apologise in advance.

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    Landyman

    Thanks for posting BigDave

    The recommendations make a interesting read especially 4 and 5.

     

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    Tharg
    Participant

    Good post, Big Dave. Like most here, I knew nothing of this report. It is, or at least could be, vital to our fate as disabled people needing motability solutions. Far too much on the report to go into details all at once. Will try, given time to do so. Immediately, however, I reckon the following bit of the report is the heart of the matter:

    Although the PIP eligibility criteria and reassessment process are outside of the scope of this report … many respondents made reference to them in their submissions. Given the force of those comments, we suggest that the Department [for Work & Pensions] … may wish to take the opportunity presented by an imminent Green Paper to consider some of the practical and financial impacts of its policies and processes on claimants’ ability to use the Motability Scheme.

    For example: reviewing the length of PIP awards (particularly for life-long and progressive conditions)”

    A valid conclusion and recommendation (there are many others). But I do not think the department will do anything about it. The very introduction of PIP meant that the DWP must have considered “the practical and financial impacts of its policies and processes on claimants’ ability to use the Motability Scheme” PIP was specifically designed to drastically reduce said ability of claimants. Cannot see the department doing a complete about-face on this. It would mean it was wrong and to blame for wrongly depriving the disabled of a benefit.  Being wrong and to blame are two things a government department is not allowed to do.

    Similarly, the problem of regular reassessment for “life-long and progressive conditions” will remain unaddressed. If a condition is degenerative it does not get better. It is a total waste of time and money to keep assessing it. Will the DWP own up and say it must take the blame for being wrong on this? Ah, there are those two unallowed words again.

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    Tharg
    Participant

    And, forgot to say, wonder what this Green Paper is. Will Google it when time allows. Anyone know anything?

    #129975 Reply
    ian

    Having read the report there are some good recommendations in there, especially about more EV’s on the scheme, but one has to ask what will change. Nothing!

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    Tharg
    Participant

    Sadly, must agree with you, Ian. The Green Paper mentioned in the report would appear to be one looking at how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its benefits system “can best help disabled people”.  Announced in Queen’s speech earlier in year. Can’t find any estimate of publication date.

    Forgive a small rantette but, to me, one of the best things the DWP can do to help disabled people is to stop taking away their Motability cars. Wrong and blame rear their ugly heads again…

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