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  • in reply to: £20 weekly top up court case legacy benefits news #147335
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    The DWP did not want to give the £20 PW to all UC claimants they wanted to give it only for new claims that involved claims due to Covid, this meant a change in law and the DWP wanted it rolled out quickly, therefore there was no time to change the law.

    I received an email from 38 degrees informing me of the upcoming case I believe it will be some time at the end of July 2021. If the case is won and not appealed all legacy benefits should receive a backdated payment, to be honest the DWP are so inept I expect they will mess this up in some way.

    Some people were paid tens of thousands in backdated payments for the IB transfer to contribution based ESA fiasco, then told they had to reduce the money to below the savings threshold within one year, or it would be counted against them.

    in reply to: Treated poorly #146389
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    Does the upfront cost come into it? I mean, even so, it’s still £500 they wouldn’t otherwise be getting. And even then, this is to help disabled people travel and they are giving up a good chunk of money to do it.

    I don’t know if AP comes into it, the motability guy said that’s all they make. I do think there is an attitude with some dealers about motability customers, when they see I am using crutches or sometimes my wheelchair I see their face change when they realize I am a motability customer.

     

    in reply to: Treated poorly #146384
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    I was told by the ford motability guy they only make £500 on a motability sale ?

     

    in reply to: too many suv’s #144686
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    lab – I didn’t know the stats about the percentage of Motability customers driving autos, but I’m not surprised that it’s high. I’ve just checked and found that only 4% of Motability customers get grants. Doubtless a small number of people who might be eligible are unaware of them, but the vast majority of people are clearly ineligible for them. So the suggestion that the AP’s of autos are designed to make people apply for grants clearly doesn’t stack up!

    Only 4% that’s shocking.

    Hopefully I am eligible for a grant my career was ended by chronic health problems which are now worse our only income is ESA and PIP, my wife claims carers and part of that amount is removed from my ESA.

    We don’t have any savings might be able to borrow a small amount from our son but paying it back is difficult, and he only works part-time so doesn’t earn a lot.

     

    in reply to: too many suv’s #144679
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    The AP’s for autos are indeed excessive. You can get higher trim levels of cars for a fraction of the price paid by retail customers, yet the majority of the price premium for autos seems to be passed on through very high AP’s. This is wrong on so many levels. Firstly, autos are worth more at resale time, so that should be reflected, but isn’t. Secondly, many disabled drivers need an auto but are financially penalised. It’s all very well mentioning grants but only a small proportion of Motability customers are eligible for them. Given that PIP isn’t means tested, I don’t see why Motability should be. Any driver who, by nature of their disability, has to have an auto, should be able to have one for the same AP as the manual IMO.

    I agree.

    I have DVLA reportable health conditions, and the DVLA removed the manual part of my licence not that I could drive a manual any more anyway, therefore I have no choice but to drive an auto. I was told 80% of Motability customers have autos. We have had our current car nearly 4 years and have now had to extend the lease another 6 months, never had a grant we paid for our car by part exchanging our own car and got ripped off by the dealer.

    in reply to: too many suv’s #144674
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    Personal I don’t think there is enough choice of SUV’s and since I can only drive auto and cannot have a diesel the AP prices are out of my reach. I can only get into a tall  SUV due to spinal problems, a lot of them have boots which are too small for my scooter or the roof is too low like the new 3008 roof height 1624 mm .

    I will need to apply for a grant this year as the AP prices have increased so much, I have made a list of vehicles with roof heights, boot sizes, images and AP prices, so I am ready for some of the unsuitable suggestions offered to me when applying for a grant. My wife is now disabled has a blue badge and uses a crutch, but she won’t apply for PIP. If she needs a scooter as well  I don’t know what we will do.

    I know autos are more expensive to build but the difference in AP seems excessive e.g. Citroën C5 aircross manual £395 auto £1,895 ?

    in reply to: Motobility grants #121676
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    Very interesting reading different peoples experience, I ask about a grant and was basically told my present motability car had a high AP, and they would not give me an AP grant for the car I wanted because of this. I questioned this answer and explained we paid for the extras and the AP ourselves, it used every penny we had. Extras were heated seats, heated steering wheel and park assist which gave us rear parking sensors, all of these help my disabilities.

    I explained I need an SUV it’s not a choice it’s because of my disabilities and some SUV  boots are too small to fit my scooter in, therefore lowering the suitable vehicle choice even more. If the AP is high on a suitable vehicle that’s not my fault, it’s also not my fault I have to have an automatic therefore the AP is normally a lot higher than manual. The lady then started suggesting different cars with low AP which were nowhere near suitable, I said the suggested cars were not SUV and not suitable to be told “well maybe just go and have a look at them”.

    in reply to: AP Grant #108680
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    Vauxhall Combo Life seems to be much taller than Kuga

    Thanks for the reply yes the combo is taller but the seats made my legs and back ache, I didn’t even test drive it because just sitting in it was painful after a few minutes. The 3008 was even worse.

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    in reply to: AP Grant #108678
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    I think Motability would be more likely to offer you an extension of lease upto 5 years on your current car, than give you a grant, particularly if your current vehicle is still suitable disability wise. Fuel cost isn’t a consideration with grants as Phil has pointed out above, thus any grant would probably be for a standard diesel as opposed to the more expensive PHEV varient , so you may be back at square one with fuel cost. Another way maybe to see if you maybe able to get a grant from a charity other than Motability. For example if you have served in HM Forces, there are a multitude of ex-service charities who maybe able to help. Or is there a charity specifically connected to your disability? Or search here: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/

     

    Thanks for the reply diesel is not an option our journeys are mostly 5 miles or less but frequently several times a day. Modern diesels have DPF’S fitted and the filter will block up with short journeys, the vehicle will then need to driven at a constant speed without stopping to clear the filter. Our last car was a diesel, and we had a nightmare with the DPF. I have spoken to turn2us about a grant before I don’t qualify for help I tried for a grant to buy a scooter and was turned down.

    Yes I agree about the extended lease I wish I had not used our car as deposit and sold it privately.

    in reply to: AP Grant #108674
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    ateca,arona,combo/berlingo and bmw 2 series tourer all have more headroom than the kuga. arona 1030mm ateca 1020mm combo/berlingo 1072mm bmw 2 series 1046mm the kuga is 1013mm.

     

    Thanks for the reply it is not headroom that is the problem it is getting into the car it is the height of the car because I cannot bend down to lower myself into the vehicle.

    in reply to: AP Grant #108658
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    Thanks for the replies and suggestions it is much appreciated.

    Oscarmax thanks for the suggestion but the Toyota Corolla Hybrid Estate 1445 mm is far too low I would never be able to get in and out of it. I cannot get in and out of the Peugeot 3008 and that is 1624 mm in height plus they have the worst seats I have ever sat in. I have tried the Suzuki Vitara 1610 mm but it again is too low.

    rox the grandland auto is unfortunately too low 1609 mm I have tried it and struggled to get in to it. The Kadjar is too low at 1613mm so is the Karoq 1603 mm.

    Philjb I do have a credit card I could use that for the AP but the cars that are suitable for me and all far higher than the £600 bonus.

    Peter unfortunately most of my family have passed away the four that are still with us cannot help.

    BionicRusty I have one of the heated seat covers you suggest it works off 240v and 12v but the motors dig into my legs and it is uncomfortable. Unfortunately both the minis are 1441 mm and 1557 mm both are too low.

    I explained to Motability I need an SUV with a tall roof this is because I have three bulging discs L5, L4, L3, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Lordosis. The seats in a car make a huge difference as does body roll and suspension. I cannot bend very much so an SUV is not a style choice it is because of my conditions, even with the tall Kuga if the drivers side is against the curb I really struggle to get in and out.

    I don’t think Motability are going to help with a grant and using the high £1895 AP against us that we paid ourselves using our own car as deposit for the Kuga seems very unfair.

     

     

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by lab.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by lab.
    in reply to: AP Grant #108572
    lab
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    Thanks for the reply. The lady said they won’t give me a grant because my current car is fine and meets my needs, and we will be able to remain mobile. I pointed out to her  we won’t be mobile if we cannot afford to run the car as we have less money coming in.

    I am currently viewing cars on this site as it gives dimensions which is very handy. The cars the motability grant team suggested are not even SUV’S and are far too low one was the Vauxhall Crossland which is tiny compared to our Kuga.

    https://www.automobiledimension.com/mid-size-suv.php

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