How Can I Get A Mobility Scooter?
Mobility scooters can make a huge difference if you’re disabled, elderly or have difficulty getting out and about.
For example, if you don’t require a wheelchair, they can help you visit friends and family nearby or take a trip to the shops.
For many, having a mobility scooter means remaining mobile and independent. It can give you a real sense of freedom that you just couldn’t have otherwise. Whatever particular mobility issues you have, there are all kinds of options available to suit a wide variety of needs. So let’s find out how you can help finance your very own mobility scooter today.
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The Motability Scheme is a not-for-profit organisation that enabling people with disabilities to hire or hire-purchase a mobility scooter in exchange for their mobility allowance. To be eligible for the Motability Scheme, you must receive one of the mobility allowances listed below:
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
- Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
If you’re a parent of a child in receipt of one of these mobility allowances, you can apply for the Motability scheme on their behalf. Bear in mind that some products may not be appropriate for all ages.
Access to Work Scheme
If you’re trying to lead a normal working life despite accessibility issues, then electric mobility scooters can prove invaluable. In this instance, government support is available to help cover leasing costs – and help you get to and from work.
If you’re aged over 16 and on a work trial, starting a new job, self-employed or want to attend an interview, the Access to Work scheme could help you pay for a mobility scooter. Contributions are assessed on an individual basis, and you can talk through your options with your local Jobcentre Plus. Alternatively, you can visit the official online government website.