Currently being phased out as part of the transition towards the new welfare scheme Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has long been viewed as one of the most important benefits offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Split into two sections, DLA offers claimants payments for care, as well as a Mobility Allowance – and these divisions have been carried over into the PIP system, too.
Mobility Allowance is aimed at people who may need additional assistance throughout their day to day life, but also require aid in getting around. The can range from simply having difficulty in easily walking short distances through to being unable to move from one place to another without help.
Payments for DLA and PIP Mobility Allowance are made at one of two rates – lower (£21.55 per week) for those who need guidance when moving outdoors and higher (£56.75 per week) for anyone with severe difficulty in walking.
Typically, Mobility Allowance payments are used either in part or wholly towards the hire-lease of a vehicle for claimants, and a number of car dealerships offer special rates especially targetting this demographic with offers that fit PIP and DLA payment plans.