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Motability fat cats defend hoarding £2.5bn in public money

Motability fat cats defend hoarding £2.5bn in public money by suggesting that disabled drivers would only spend cash on things like ‘food for example’

  • The car scheme for the disabled has piled up £2.5billion in reserves 
  • Argues if benefits were spent on ‘food’ then taxman wouldn’t be any better off 
  • The comparison was made by Lord Sterling, chairman of the Motability charity 

Motability chiefs have defended hoarding public money – by suggesting disabled motorists would simply spend extra cash on food.

The car scheme for the disabled has piled up £2.5billion in reserves and paid directors huge salaries and bonuses.

It is now under pressure to return the unused cash. 

Motability chiefs have defended hoarding public money – by suggesting disabled motorists would simply spend extra cash on food

However, it is fighting back by disputing a National Audit Office conclusion that it enjoys £888million a year in tax breaks. 

Motability argues that if disabled people spent their benefits on things like ‘food for example’ – instead of a Motability car – then the taxman would not be any better off because most food is exempt from VAT.

The comparison was made by Lord Sterling, chairman of the Motability charity, in a letter to MPs in which he argues the £888million ‘is essentially meaningless’. 

The comparison was made by Lord Sterling (pictured), chairman of the Motability charity, in a letter to MPs in which he argues the £888million ‘is essentially meaningless’

The comparison was made by Lord Sterling (pictured), chairman of the Motability charity, in a letter to MPs in which he argues the £888million ‘is essentially meaningless’

Sir Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said Lord Sterling’s position was ‘difficult to reconcile with the facts’.

In response to a Daily Mail investigation, Motability scrambled to offload its 2018 profits by pledging £500million to its charitable arm. 

It leases cars to wheelchair users and others in exchange for their mobility benefits.

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