Support and information Help and advice A helping hand with Motability Phil Hobbs operates a Fleet Cost Analysis Consultancy and identifies areas where businesses can save money on their vehicle operation. Due to this, Phil has extensive knowledge throughout the motor industry, and wants to help people with ataxia receive what they deserve. Sue [my wife] and I attended the successful Ataxia UK Annual Conference in 2019. Listening to the presentation in the Motability breakout, then speaking with some attendees at the end of the day, we thought of an idea to support anyone with ataxia wanting to apply for a car through the Motability Scheme. It’s clear that there is a grey cloud around eligibility to the scheme as government benefit allowances play a big part. Some of the most common queries are: I get a part-payment, am I eligible for a car? My allowance was this, now it’s that, can I get a car? I don’t drive but receive an allowance, can my carer get a car? Broadly speaking, the Motability Scheme enables anyone with a higher rate mobility allowance to exchange all or part of their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. You can read more about it on their website here. Phil would be delighted to discuss, help and assist anybody who is interested in acquiring a motor vehicle. He would not be taking anything away from Motability UK, but a mere go-between for anybody who would like advice or a guiding hand along the way when acquiring transport within or outside the rules of the Motability scheme. If you would like to discuss your thoughts or situation, please call Ataxia UK on 0207 582 1444 who will set up a connection. Phil is also happy to attend any local Support Group meetings to give a presentation and offer support on this subject where he can. Again, this can be organised by the team at Ataxia UK, so please call the office or email [email protected].