Full list DWP of benefit claimants who could be eligible for free driving lessons

Some could claim 40 hours of free lessons
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Some people claiming disability benefits could be eligible for free driving lessons. A grant offered by charity Motability offers free lessons to some people receiving benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Many people in receipt of the higher or enhanced rates of disability benefits could be eligible. This includes Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Adult Disability Payment (ADP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA), reports Daily Record.

Grants towards the cost of learning to drive are provided through the 'Driving Lessons Grant Programme' to disabled people who have a provisional licence. Disabled people who already have a full licence can also get a grant if they need familiarisation lessons.

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Up to 40 hours of driving lessons are offered to people with a provisional licence. However, people will still need to pay for their theory and practical driving tests themselves.

To be eligible, you must have a current lease agreement on the Motability Scheme or have a pending application for a vehicle on the Motability Scheme, with a confirmed date to take delivery of the vehicle within the next four months. It is estimated the average learner driver needs between 40 to 50 hours of lessons before they are test-ready.

James Armstrong, CEO of Veygo Insurance, said: "With the average driving lesson now costing £35 per hour, and learner drivers needing around 45 hours of professional instruction to pass their tests, the cost of learning to drive is currently sitting around £1,575. This is a huge cost and barrier to learning to drive for many across the country."

When you make an application for the grant, it is allocated to a case manager for consideration. During busy periods, it may take ten weeks for an application to be assigned to a case manager, Motability said.

Its guidance states: "All grant applications are means-tested to ensure Motability supports those most in need of a charitable grant and help as many beneficiaries as possible with the charitable funds available. This means we will look at your financial situation to determine if we are able to provide a grant towards your lessons."

The Motability Driving Lessons Grant Programme currently prioritises funding for people want to learn to drive and who:

1. Are in receipt of one of these disability allowances:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP

  • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of the Adult Disability Payment

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment

  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

2. Receive a Government assessed means-tested benefit, including:

  • Universal Credit

  • Income Support

  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)

  • Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)

  • Housing Benefit

  • Council Tax Benefit (Council Tax Support, Council Tax Reduction)

  • Pension Guarantee Credit

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

For more information about the grant and qualifying criteria, visit the Motability website, here.