Monday, 23 July 2012

Car salesmen and disabled people unite!

via ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC

Ben Baumberg relays a new Spartacus report, showing that as many as 1 in 10 of all new car sales in the UK is paid for using the Motability scheme, which will be hit hard by the replacement of Disability Living Allowance by the new Personal Independence Payment. This is likely to mean 30,000 fewer car purchases a year – equating to about 1,000 jobs in the industry.

At the same time, a survey found that 29% of recipients said that Motability had helped them keep a job, and 9% that it had helped them get one. If the sample is representative of all Motability users, the scheme keeps 68,000 people in work. “Spartacus estimates that cutting disability benefits will save the government £640m but reduce GDP by £660m, as well as reducing quality of life for disabled people and the people that help care for them.”

Read the original post on the inequalities blog

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