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    • Please accept my apologies for the delayed update, but i have been trawling through emails for supporting evidence, you see we are in the consultation phase and there will be three meetings during the process. So as i have said  my role is at risk due to the scoring and mine being low. As explained i never received my report as my line manager left during December and i was on leave. So i was not afforded any meeting, i received no feedback at all, so how am i meant to know any areas to improve or to attain a higher grade. So with this in mind i gathered my supporting evidence, i found the email from my then line manager and the objectives that he set out and we agreed.   I then supplied 20 emails that  showed that not only did i reach the targets, i smashed them, highlighting areas that i had saved the company a considerable amount of money, idented issues  implemented process and solutions with ongoing support. All emails are verified and prove that i should have received the highest possible grade going by their criteria. I also included the email from HR when i challenged  the score and they replied with " the outgoing manager supplied thorough feedback to the incoming interim manager who should have provided this (this was never received, and report i received was blank with just a score. Highlighted was the email from HR stating " a two is not a concerning grade"  well clearly it is as less than a month later it is what was used to decide i was at risk. I have supplied this information to the line manager and the external HR rep that was on the call as i have 48 hours to supply this. Had i had a proper and fair review like everyone else had then i would have been able to provide this evidence when he issued the score, he could not argue with the sheer volume of evidence that i had. This proves what was said to me when i took this position, " there was some politics in me getting the role, their line manager had promised the role to one of his guys, they cant really do anything but watch your back" He should not have promised this anyway as two interviews were required in the process *which i sat) so i earned the right to the role. This was because the three of them knew there was a lot that would be uncovered and they wanted it covering, i started to see this after two weeks, had i not said anything then it would have looked as though i was incompetent or stupid. I did try to work with them on this to remedy but sadly they went the other rout instead.    
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hello there

my dad has a motorbility car using the higher rate mobility component of the dla, due to various medical problems


he has last week gone into hospital after having quite a bad stroke


currently, I am using his car to take family members to visit him in hospital, after an enquiry to check this was ok - motorbility say "Provided your dad is deriving material and/or practical benefit from the car and has access to it when required, he does not necessarily have to be present every time the car is used. For example if you do not have your own transport and you are using your dad's car to visit your dad or you are taking family members to visit your dad on a regular basis, he is receiving benefit from his car" mean that yes its ok for this use, I do have my own transport btw.


but in some of the leaflets about stroke we have seen, it says dla will stop after 28 days - will the payments for the mobility car also stop? / car have to go back? I can foresee he will be in hospital for a while.


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My mother sadly no longer here had a motability car and when she was in hospital we had the same concerns about the car and they could not be more helpul at that time and as my father drove they just immediatley added him to the insurance and classed him as an additional driver but we made sure everything was in writing to basically be on the safe side if anything happened with the car.


I think you need to contact Motability and get it in writing that you are allowed to drive that car.


* They insure via RSA and RSA do need to know if there are any additional drivers of the vehicle for insurance purposes. So you would need this in writing from Motability that you do not require to inform RSA that you are an additional driver of the motabvility vehicle.


* They do have a policy on additional drivers but in hospital circumstances its always best to be open and inform them of the circumstances they will do there best to help you but please ensure you ask for it in writing to keep you on the safe side especially with the insurance.


Here is a link to Motabilitys Website: www.motability.co.uk


On there website at the top Click Car Scheme

Look down the left side for Customer Zone and Click

Near Middle of Screen Click Nominated Drivers


That Info may be useful

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the insurance part is sorted, I have been a named driver on the policy for two years


its the dla stopping and possible loss of the car should he stay in hospital that is of concern - mainly to my mum at this stage, am sure that when he comes out of hospital we will need that car more than ever

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The answer as per this link to the NHS advice site is that no, Motability will continue even if the hospital stay lasts longer than 28 days.




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My Dad who had a stroke in 2011 has a wheelchair car that requires me to drive, to get him about,



he has moved into a care home and I have a letter from the council saying his DLA must now stop

- I thought Motability was part of it

- will he lose his car?

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This is from the Nidirect.gov website.

My understanding is that from what you say above, the Mobility Component should not be affected unless the Local Trust is helping pay for it.

You really need to clarify the funding arrangements, in order to be sure. I would also speak directly to the DWP and not just take the Councils word.


Residential care and nursing homes and benefits


A permanent or temporary stay in a residential care or nursing home can affect your benefits. Below are a list of benefits and how they may be affected if your stay is permanent or temporary.

Benefits and home fees


If you are receiving benefits and your circumstances change, you need to tell the Social Security Agency. You will probably have to contribute most benefits you get towards your home fees.


Moving into a home should not affect the mobility component of your Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It will also be disregarded when your local Trust is calculating how much you should contribute towards the cost of your care.


If your local Trust is funding your residential care or nursing home fees, both the care component and the mobility component of your DLA may be affected. You should contact the office that normally pays your DLA for further information.

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Should you happen to loose the DLA MOTO component then they normally take the car back 28 days after the DLA stops.


I must add that the Motobility Car people are thoughtful people and when we had to give up our Moto car they allowed us to keep the car another 2 weeks after the return time was up as my wife's Mother died shortly after my wife lost her DLA award. They did this so we could still have use of a car for the funeral.


I was told by the person who came to collect the car that they take the cars straight to auction now, So I guess that's why there's so many 3 year old cars on the forecourts of garages now. I was also told that there's is the chance to actually buy the car from them (not sure if this is true)

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Have Motability been informed they are in a Care Home as you may need to inform them, see this link: http://www.motability.co.uk/cars-and-wavs/customer-area/your-agreement-named-car-drivers


If none of the named drivers live at the disabled customer’s address, or the disabled customer lives in a care home where a number of drivers have access to the car, we may consider fitting a location tracker. This is to ensure the customer is gaining direct benefit from the car. We will always speak to the customer to discuss this in advance of a tracker being fitted.

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