The Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey says the levels of pay and financial reserves of Motability are ‘concerning.’ That’s one way of describing it. From the outside looking in, Motability seems little more than a front for Motability Operations Limited, a profit-making arm that pays its Chief Executive £1.7 million. Calls to investigate by Work and Pensions and Treasury committees and politicians of all parties means the National Audit Office is finally going to take a closer look.
Since 1977, Motability has helped millions, including members of The British Polio Fellowship enjoy the ‘road to freedom’ but despite best intentions, the charity, (or is that the business?) seems to be taking the road to hell. The public will be shocked that a monopoly (a tax payer funded one) created to help those with disabilities declared revenue of £4 billion in 2015 and pays the boss ten times more than the Prime Minister. This is a scandal when Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was designed to cut disability expenditure by saving £1.5 billion a year. Wouldn’t the billions sloshing around in Motability have been a better place to start? We don’t all have £2.4 billion in reserves down the side of the sofa. Money could be better saved not supporting what looks like a business masquerading as a charity, by letting a not for profit run the scheme or open the sector to competition, rather than make those with disabilities pay the price?
With an estimated 120,000 people in the UK living with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), we have our work cut out supporting those challenging PIP decisions and reinstating the Motability component. If you need our help, call us now on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship