What is Family Fund Mobility Support?  

Family Fund Mobility Support is a scheme that aims to help families raising a disabled or seriously ill child under three years old, to meet their mobility needs through a car-leasing package for a limited period.  

 

Why is Family Fund doing this?  

The national Motability scheme is open to anyone who receives a qualifying mobility allowance. However, Families are not able to claim this until their child is three years old. Family Fund is running this scheme to give the families that need it, support for their babies and young children by providing a grant for a lease car to meet their mobility needs.  

The support is discretionary. Family Fund reserve the right to decide who gets support through the scheme as funding is limited. The funding is also independent of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/ Child Disability Payment (CDP) in Scotland, which are not related to this scheme in any way. 

 

Who can get the support?  

The scheme is open to families who have a child under three years of age who meet Family Fund criteria and where nobody else in the household already leases a vehicle though the national Motability scheme. 

The child’s parent or carer, or someone involved in the child’s care must have a current UK driving licence, and say ‘yes’ to the child having: 

  • A need for substantial equipment due to their conditions or treatment (such as a mobility aid, require regular oxygen or suction machine or require other bulky monitoring or medical equipment), or 
  • An immune suppressing condition or treatment resulting in medical emergency and prohibits travelling on public transport, or 
  • High levels of pain or physical condition that impacts their mobility needs, or 
  • An unstable condition requiring frequent unexpected emergency inpatient treatment, or 
  • A significant number of appointments on a frequent basis at multiple different treatment centres, related to their condition. 

 

How does it work? 

You will need to apply to Family Fund to see if you meet our disability and household criteria. We will also need to collect some information from you about your mobility circumstances to see if we are able to provide the Family Fund Mobility Support. 

We will then introduce you to Motability Operations Limited so they can check to see if they can put together a package to meet your child’s specific needs and check if you are legally able to drive a car or if there is anything that might influence insuring you. 

If everything is ok, a car lease will be provided by Motability Operations Limited, who will be responsible for meeting the needs you have when transporting your child using Family Fund Mobility Support. 

You will need to sign a credit hire agreement (regulated hire agreement) for the lease of the car, but the cost of this (if successful) will be met by Family Fund.  

 

How do I apply? 

You can apply to Family Fund online or you can download an application form by visiting familyfund.org.uk. If you are not able to access the internet, you can call our First Contact team on 01904 550055 

If you would like to find out more about Family Fund Mobility Support, you can email our dedicated team via: [email protected] 

If you would like to speak to someone about Family Fund Mobility Support please call 01904 550010-we are open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm. 

Terms & Conditions: Before you apply, you must make sure that you have read, and are happy with, the Terms & Conditions of the scheme. If you need help with this, please call our Family Fund Mobility Support team on 01904 550010. We are open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm. 

We cannot accept an application until the Terms and Conditions have been accepted by you. 

 

What if I have already applied to Family Fund? 

Family Fund Mobility Support is additional to other Family Fund grant schemes. If you have applied within the last 3 months, and think that you might be eligible for Family Fund Mobility Support, get in touch and we can see if we can help. If you have applied to Family Fund prior to this time, we may need to assess you eligibility again as part of this scheme. It does not affect any current grant application or award from Family Fund nor does it affect any future application to Family Fund.  

 

What does Family Fund Mobility Support include? 

Family Fund Mobility Support is used to lease a car. You will need to agree to a lease agreement which will include:  

  • Vehicle road tax 
  • Car insurance
  • Servicing 
  • Repairs and maintenance 
  • Breakdown cover  
  • Running costs.  

You will be responsible for  

  • fuelling the car  
  • any parking violation fines 
  • zone/congestion charges (see blue badge exemptions) 
  • Keeping the car in good condition 

 

What is the Blue Badge Scheme and is it included in Family Fund Mobility Support? 

The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled drivers and passengers and are issued by your local authority. 

You will need to apply for a blue badge independently from Family Fund Mobility Support. Visit Who can get a Blue Badge? - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information.

 

We need a wheelchair access vehicle, can you help with that? 

We can help with a wheelchair accessible vehicle in some circumstances. Please make your application and once we have all the information, we will let you know if we are able to meet your needs.

 

How old does the driver need to be? 

Only one named driver under the age of 21 is permitted, this could be you, or another driver living at the same address.  

Drivers under the age of 25 can only drive cars with a lower insurance group and brake horsepower. 

 

What if my child is nearly three years old? 

Don’t worry, Family Fund Mobility Support can still help with a short-term package if your child is under two years eleven months old. 

If your child is over the age of two years and six months you can apply for the high rate mobility component of DLA/CDP (Scotland) now. An organisation called Contact has a helpful guide on how to claim DLA for children or the Child Disability Payment on their website. 

 

My child is older than three  

If your child is over three years old you do not meet criteria for this scheme. If you are receipt of the High Rate mobility element of DLA/CDP for your child then you may wish to contact Motability to find out about their main scheme 

 

What will happen to my information?

Family Fund or Motability Operations Limited will not collect more information than is needed, they will not keep your information for longer than is needed or pass on your personal details or information to any third party, without your consent. More information about how Family Fund processes your personal data can be found HERE  

 

Why are Motability Operations involved in this scheme? 

Family Fund cannot provide you with a regulated (credit) hire agreement for the lease of a vehicle so we introduce you to Motability Operations who can. 

 

How do I raise a complaint? 

Family Fund is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in respect of our introductions to Motability Operations.  If you wish to make a complaint about any element of the scheme and the way it has been handled by Family Fund, you should write to: 

Claire Locker
Family Fund 
Unit 4 Alpha Court 
Monks Cross Drive 
York 
YO32 9WN  

 

If the complaint relates to the introduction to Motability Operations, Family Fund then has eight weeks to investigate and respond to your complaint.  Should you remain dissatisfied with our response you can then refer your complaint to:  

Financial Ombudsman Service 
Exchange Tower, Harbour Exchange 
London, E14 9SR 

Tel: 0800 023 4567

You can complete an online complaint form or find out more on their website www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/ 

If your complaint relates to another element of the scheme, your complaint will be directed to the relevant party and you will be informed of this.