Date lodged: 21 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its consultation on disability assistance, whether access to accessible vehicle leases and equipment will be maintained in the event of a continuing payment being (a) reduced, (b) stopped, (c) subject to a challenge or re-determination and (d) awaiting a determination from the First-tier Tribunal, and whether the value of the access would be non-recoverable.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 29 March 2019
The Scottish Government will introduce Short-Term Assistance (STA) which will be available to clients who have an award reduced or stopped as a result of an entitlement decision and will ensure they will continue to be paid the full value of their assistance, where they have challenged the decision. If they are a customer of the Accessible Vehicle and Equipment Scheme and they are in receipt of STA, they will continue to be eligible to access the scheme until at least the conclusion of their challenge. This is, however, subject to HMRC and HM Treasury agreement to extend relevant tax exemptions to clients in receipt of STA. The assistance will not be recoverable, regardless of whether or not the challenge of the initial decision was upheld.