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  • in reply to: The governments green paper on PIP #284659
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      in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #284528
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        Appeared in the Mirror & Daily Record on the 8th of this month,  after the General Election:

        While the Labour party’s manifesto remains silent on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Conservative-led plans to curb the ballooning PIP expenses with a major overhaul, including potentially swapping cash payments for vouchers for specific equipment and treatment, Labour insiders have hinted they’ll review the public’s response to these proposals after the consultation wraps up on July 22, which falls three weeks post-election.

        in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #284527
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          in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #284526
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            It is likely to concern disabled activists and claimants that three of the countries chosen by ministers appear to provide a less generous system, or at least offer less control to disabled claimants over their support.

            In Switzerland, for example, there is a “helplessness allowance” designed to contribute towards extra costs, but it is awarded “only in exceptional circumstances”, while in New Zealand the equivalent to PIP is means-tested and reaches a maximum of only £34 a week, and in Australia disabled people must provide receipts to prove they have spent their funding on goods, services and other support related to their disability-related needs.

            in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #284525
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              @Rich44

              I totally agree with you.

              Everyone needs to let their MPs know & more importantly fill in the consultation form before the 22nd of this month.

              in reply to: Targets on EVs #284523
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                @kezo

                newautomotive.org

                in reply to: Targets on EVs #284522
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                  @kezo

                  Got the list from new automotive,  you can download the monthly reports from their site.

                  in reply to: Targets on EVs #284513
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                    Tata (Jaguar Land Rover) who are not on the scheme are also struggling to meet their ZEV targets,  so here’s hoping they come onto the scheme.  The Evoque starts from £41k I think & Discovery Sport from £43.5k if I remember correctly,  whilst we’ve had the nearly £70k Tourneo Custom on the scheme this year (which had an AP of around £10k),  and we’ve got the EQA 350 on the scheme which is in Insurance group 44,  so I don’t see any reason for JLR to not be able to come onto the scheme.  And if a disabled person or their family have been able to save up for the AP through working hard,  struggling,  making sacrifices,  etc,  who are Daily Fail to object,  someone needs to tell them

                    in reply to: Targets on EVs #284509
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                      BMW,  Mercedes,  Hyundai,  Toyota & Subaru have so far met their targets for this year,  whilst Stellantis,  VW,  Ford,  Renault,  Nissan,  Mazda,  Honda & Suzuki are struggling to meet their ZEV targets,  so we could probably expect reductions on APs for these manufacturers.

                      in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #284476
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                        From The Sunday Times article by Tony Blair titled ‘Tony Blair: My advice to Keir Starmer’:

                        “The Labour Party always wants to correct social injustice, and quite rightly. But this Labour leadership understands that without economic growth and reform of services and welfare, it will be unable to do so.”

                        in reply to: Free personal care #283814
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                          Lib Dems have put the NHS,  Social Care & carers front & centre of their campaigns.

                           

                          I really wish enough people had voted or intended to vote Lib Dems & Greens,  rather than Labour,  so they could have formed a coalition.

                           

                          The final MRP projection is that Labour is going to win 484 seats,  whilst the Tories will win 64 seats & the Lib Dems will win 61 seats,  with SNP winning 10 seats,  followed by Reform winning 7 seats,  and Greens & Plaid bringing up the rear with 3 seats each.

                           

                          So now at this point I can only hope that a lot more people vote Lib Dems so that they win more seats than Tories & can form the Official Opposition, from where they can hopefully push Labour on NHS,  Social Care,  housing,  PR,  etc.

                           

                          in reply to: When is the summer starting? #282670
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                            in reply to: Motability now the biggest customer #279246
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                              I believe the dealers get around £300 per Motability car,  but most dealers are willing to offer at least £500 AP contributions,  if not more,  because they make the money back if they reach targets.

                              in reply to: Motability now the biggest customer #279244
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                                Motability sales do count towards dealer targets.

                                 

                                A Hyundai dealer who was offering £3,000 AP contribution said that they’ll recover the money they’re using towards the AP contributions as these additional Motability sales will help them reach the targets & therefore unlock massive bonuses.

                                in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #279235
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                                  In a statement to the House of Commons, Alison McGovern, standing in for Liz Kendall, the Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, clarified Labour’s stance on the DWP’s Green Paper proposals.

                                  Ms McGovern, Labour MP for Wirral South, said: “Labour will carefully review the detail of the Green Paper, because the country that we want is one where disabled people have the same right to a good job and help to get it as anyone else.

                                  “We will judge any measure that the government bring forward on its merits and against that principle, because the costs of failure in this area are unsustainable. The autonomy and routine of work is good for us all, for our mental and physical health-and more than that, for women, work is freedom, too.”

                                  Despite these comments, Ms McGovern acknowledged that the disability benefit system still faces fundamental challenges, with costs having surged since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic due to an increase in individuals deemed unable to work. Government expenditure on such benefits has soared by two-thirds, from £42.3 billion to £69 billion.

                                  Yet, this does not imply that the ideas presented in the Green Paper will be disregarded entirely. Benefits and Work suggested: “It’s entirely possible that Labour will also be looking to reduce the current rapidly increasing cost of PIP.”

                                   

                                  in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #279228
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                                    DWP PIP update over fears Motability scheme will be ‘eradicated’

                                    The DWP has announced plans to overhaul PIP payments by scrapping the fixed cash benefit system in favour of “tailored support” in the form of vouchers, grants and shopping catalogues

                                    A disability charity has voiced concerns over the government’s plans to overhaul Personal Independence Payment (PIP) by scrapping its monthly cash payments. The Department for Work and Pensions is considering a shift from direct financial support to providing “tailored support” through vouchers, grants, and shopping catalogues intended for therapy, treatment, and other essential expenses.

                                    The Motability Foundation, known for offering grants for vehicles and driving lessons as well as operating a scheme that allows disabled individuals to lease new cars, scooters, or wheelchairs using their benefits, has pledged to work closely with the DWP to assess the impact of these significant changes. This scheme is available to those receiving the higher rate mobility components of PIP, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or Scottish disability benefits.

                                    Concerns are mounting among campaigners that the proposed removal of PIPs monthly payments could potentially dismantle the Motability Scheme, crucial for enabling disabled people to access necessary transport. In response to inquiries about the potential repercussions of these reforms on its operations, a spokesperson for the Motability Foundation told BirminghamLive: “Motability Operations delivers the Motability Scheme to over 760,000 disabled people and their families, helping them access independent mobility.”

                                    “We are aware of the proposed consultation on Personal Independence Payment and are monitoring closely. Please be assured we will work closely with the DWP, and use our own research, informed by disabled people, to provide feedback on the likely impact of any potential policy changes that may impact Scheme customers and disabled people more widely.”

                                    The DWP has stated its desire for a total overhaul of the PIP system, citing significantly increased demand leading to escalating costs. The current PIP payments can reach up to £737 every four weeks which is equivalent to over £9,500 per annum, reports Birmingham Live.

                                    The planned reforms involve alterations to both the eligibility criteria and qualifying period, reforming PIP assessments to better align them with the claimant’s condition, and ending them entirely for those in greatest need. The DWP also plans on substituting the monthly benefit payments with one-off grants and vouchers, and catalogue shopping for appliances and services.

                                    Adding: “This reflects the fact that some claimants will have significant extra costs related to their disability, and others will have minimal or specific costs. While these alternative models help people with the extra costs of their disability or health condition, we know other forms of support including health care, social services care provision and respite are also important to help people to realise their full potential and live independently.”

                                    “We are also considering whether some people receiving PIP who have lower or no extra costs may have better outcomes from improved access to treatment and support than from a cash payment.”

                                    Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride remarked: “We’re making the biggest welfare reforms in a generation protecting those most in need while supporting thousands into work as we modernise our benefit system to reflect the changing health landscape.”

                                    “A decade on from the introduction of PIP, this Green Paper opens the next chapter of reform, enhancing the support for people with health conditions and disabilities while ensuring the system is fair to the taxpayer.”

                                    in reply to: Future of PIP/disability support #279227
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                                      in reply to: PIP Vouchers #278534
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                                        in reply to: PIP Vouchers #278533
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                                          in reply to: PIP Vouchers #278532
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                                            in reply to: Sorry everyone #276770
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                                              Thanks @Zero1

                                              I guess we could give that a go

                                              in reply to: Sorry everyone #276684
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                                                @kezo

                                                As it is,  the E-Traveller doesn’t have that great a range,  and you’re right;  with towing it would take a massive hit,  therefore it would be much worse.  And it would be a nightmare to keep having to charge it with the caravan in tow.

                                                 

                                                The Tourneo Custom was a really attractive option,  but it was unaffordable,  the dealer said someone had ordered PHEV top-of-the-range model on the scheme with an AP of £13k that week.  The Tourneo Custom has a towing capacity of 1.85t for PHEV,  2t for BEV & 2.5t for diesel.  Also,  you can’t get captain chairs even as an option on the Tourneo Custom,  and you don’t get any tables in the back,  standard or optional,  whilst with the E-Traveller you get 2 seatback folding tables as standard & an extra centre folding table with the optional captain chairs.

                                                 

                                                The dream would be to have the VW Multivan on the scheme,  that would be the most ideal vehicle,  but even if it did ever come onto the scheme,  it would most probably have an exceptionally high AP as do other VW vehicles nowadays & a lot of stuff is optional & too expensive.

                                                in reply to: Sorry everyone #276683
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                                                  @wmcforum

                                                  Unfortunately won’t be able to use it for towing because of the low towing limit.  Yes,  a caravan,  but it weighs slightly over 1.3t

                                                  in reply to: Sorry everyone #276676
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                                                    @wmcforum

                                                    Sorry,  is it the £1,499 AP or the £2,499 AP that is very reasonable or both?

                                                     

                                                    Yes,  we did option the removable captain seats,  it was a £550 option (going to be increased to £750 now),  and includes an additional folding table in the centre.  We had also optioned the safety pack,  which includes adaptive cruise control,  front parking sensors & blind spot monitoring.

                                                     

                                                    It is the most suitable vehicle on the scheme for us,  but has a towing capacity of just 1t,  probably because of being massively underpowered for such a large vehicle with only a single 136hp/260Nm electric motor.

                                                    in reply to: Sorry everyone #276673
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                                                      Thanks a lot for your reply,  kezo.

                                                       

                                                      Unfortunately,  it’s showing £2,499 on my Motability account,  but the order form signed by the dealer does reflect the lower £1,499 AP.

                                                       

                                                      Thank you

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