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Motability in the Sunday Times

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poppyknot Sun 19-Jun-11 10:16:48

First thing I saw this morning. Can't get a link as it is through the paywall.

Anyway the headline is State hand outs BMWs to 'disabled' in £500m scandal'.
Article goes to to describe how the system is abused as relatives of the recipients get the BMWs, keep them at separate addresses and swan around in a tax free luxury car.

Yes we know the system is abused by some (what system is not) but equally it is a life-line for others. In two thirds of cases the person with a disability is the named driver. 10% of the cars are adapted.

It is the scare-mongering tone of the article that grates. Another example of 'oh but they get [luxury!] free cars' school of journalism. A more investigative, less hysterical article would be more helpful especially in the current climate. (Observer, Independent maybe)

I am sorry for the lack of info but this did make me shake.....

poppyknot Sun 19-Jun-11 11:29:10


xiaosww Sun 19-Jun-11 12:24:17

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poppyknot Sun 19-Jun-11 15:50:44

Belfast Telegraph has now picked up on it....


Riveninside Sun 19-Jun-11 15:53:30

Wish they were free. Most of dds DLA goes on the bastard thing. Money we need for other stuff but as she must travel in her wheelchair we cannot have an old banger but need a special WAV.

GabbyLoggon Sun 19-Jun-11 16:04:39

is the sunday times a murdoch paper

poppyknot Sun 19-Jun-11 16:11:03

It is this sort of reporting that confirms in people's mind the fact the Motability = free luxury cars for those who don't need them, rather than essential transport hard come by for those who most certainly do.

poppyknot Sun 19-Jun-11 16:16:35

I know Gabby. I should have known better....... The headline itself seemed more DM though.

poppyknot Mon 20-Jun-11 09:04:09

The Express, Sun and DM have now jumped onto the bandwagon with their respective predictable headlines, two about BMWs.

Exactness of the original Sunday Times article apart, these other ones are a glowing example of how newspapers blatantly nick stories without even changing examples and pictures in one case.

M0naLisa Mon 20-Jun-11 11:37:16

My dad gets one of these every 3 years for my grandad. Dad pays so much towards it so if something happens to my grandad the car wont be taken from my dad straight away. So he owns half the car iykwim!? This time he has opted for a VW Caddy rather than a flash top of the range people carrier. Its better for my grandad. Some people do abuse it though. and its wrong.

PurpleStrawberry Tue 21-Jun-11 09:55:17

This kind of scare-mongering really gets my goat.

Not only does the disabled person have to 'give up' their DLA for the vehicle, they have to pay an advanced payment if they go for a vehicle over and above the standard range, and for BMWs you're looking at an AP of over £2,000.

The disabled person themselves doesn't have to be the driver, therefore should they nominate a family member to have the car, then they're bound to use the car for their own use at times. There is nothing wrong with that, it's all perfectly legal.

My dad drives a Motability car, which is through my mum's DLA, and my dad had to pay an AP of about £400 for a vehicle that was easier for my mum to get in and out of.

poppyknot Tue 21-Jun-11 12:26:15

Exactly purple. The real life examples are much more telling.

DH has already written to the PCC about the ST article.

Here is a more detailed assessment (of the DM which was almost word for word the same)fact check

One of the things that was upsetting was the fact that the headline 'State hand outs BMWs to 'disabled' in £500m scandal'. was at the top of the front page. The way papers are displayed in newsagents the headline would be seen by many people....

xiaoqkk Tue 21-Jun-11 12:29:09

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kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 21-Jun-11 12:30:26

The newspapers will always print something scandalous or shocking to hook people in.
OTOH, my SiL who can't even drive, has a car which is parked outside her house for 50 weeks of the year. The two weeks it is ever driven it's by her partner who takes her on holiday.

aliceliddell Tue 21-Jun-11 12:46:57

Never mind, we'll be able to use all that accessible public transport to get to work for below minimum wage.grin Don't you realise that Cameron understands because he had a million pounds disabled child? This is why he privatises loves and supports the NHS.

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 21-Jun-11 17:32:14

Good post aliceliddell.

aliceliddell Tue 21-Jun-11 18:13:11

Cheers, Kreech!

cory Wed 22-Jun-11 12:43:23

"A lot of people are saying 'my neighbours have got this car and it's for their granny, but they ride in it," the source said.

Read more:"

And what are they supposed to do if granny can't drive it herself? Run behind and push the blasted thing?

EldritchCleavage Wed 22-Jun-11 12:59:29

I am sceptical of any abuse being widespread. We bought an ex-Motability car from a website that partly specialised in them. All those on offer that I could see (and the one we bought) were bog-standard lower to mid-range small or family cars. It's an excellent scheme and if anythng should be more, not less, generous.

I wonder why all these articles are pursuing the line that the disabled are abusing the system, rather than (perhaps) being abused by their relatives? That was my concern when I read the article-there may be disabled people out there whose benefits are being co-opted by unscrupulous family members without their consent. Just like the blue badge scheme and various other things. Disabled-bashing is really getting out of hand now.

alexpolismum Wed 22-Jun-11 14:53:30

My mum has a car on this scheme. My dad drives it because part of mum's disability means that she can't drive. Perfectly logical, I would have thought.

Riveninside Wed 22-Jun-11 15:08:00

Dd has a car on the scheme. Clearly she cant drive it herself!

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