This month is Sexual Assualt Awareness Month and I think more now than ever, it’s important we talk about our trauma and help support survivors in every way we can. I’m a survivor and the pain still lingers today, although I’ve processed the trauma, the pain never goes away. This video is for everyone to […]
I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend this far. Our weather, here, feels great!! It’s a perfect reason to feel happy, of some degree. Here’s a few morning affirmations to help start your day with positivity.
I also want to give a special shoutout to my newest followers!! I appreciate you following me, hope you enjoy your experience here, and find the resources helpful.
If you receive a benefit because you have a disability or illness that makes it hard for you to get around, you can use it to pay for a vehicle from a charity called Motability.
You can choose from lots of different vehicles, for example cars, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs.
You’ll only be paying for the lease of the vehicle – it won’t belong to you. If you stop receiving your benefit, you’ll have to return it.
Check you’re eligible
You can get a Motability car or vehicle if you’ve been awarded:
- the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
When you apply for a Motability vehicle, you must have at least 12 months left before your benefit ends – check your benefit decision letter if you’re not sure.
You can’t apply for a Motability vehicle if you’re getting DLA and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has sent you a letter saying you need to apply for PIP. You won’t be affected if you already have a Motability vehicle.
If you don’t drive, you can still get a Motability vehicle and choose someone else to drive it. You can choose up to 2 people to drive on your behalf.
Claiming on behalf of a child
It’s possible to claim for a Motability vehicle for a child who is aged 3 or over.
Read more about the Motability help available on GOV.UK.
If you’re moving from DLA to PIP
If you’re moving from DLA to PIP and don’t qualify for the enhanced rate mobility component after you’ve been reassessed, you’ll have to return your vehicle.
You should return your vehicle within 8 weeks of your DLA payments stopping – or 26 weeks if you joined Motability before 2014.
You might be entitled to a one-off payment from Motability when you return your vehicle, depending on its condition and when you joined Motability.
You can find out from Motability about returning your vehicle and the payment, known as ‘transitional support’.
If you think you’ve been given the wrong amount of PIP, you can challenge the decision. Some PIP decisions are overturned on appeal, so you might be able to get another vehicle.
Paying for your vehicle
Your benefit will go directly to the Motability Scheme each month to pay for your lease. How much of your benefit will go towards your vehicle will depend on which one you choose.
You’ll probably need to make a payment upfront if you choose a more expensive vehicle. You might be able to get some help with this payment, depending on your circumstances. There’s more information about getting extra financial help on the Motability charity website.
What you’ll get
As well as your vehicle, you’ll get:
- insurance, including tyre and windscreen replacement cover
- breakdown cover
- vehicle tax
- servicing and maintenance
- adaptations if needed – find out about the ways you can adapt your vehicle
If you want to use your vehicle for work, you’ll need to get permission from RSA Motability. You might be allowed to use your vehicle for certain kinds of business activity, for example if you’re a travelling salesperson. You won’t be allowed to use your vehicle for other kinds of work – for example as a taxi or to deliver things. You can contact RSA Motability either in writing or over the phone. Ask for a ‘Business Use Application Form’.
PO Box 40
New Hall Place
Old Hall Street
Telephone: 0300 037 3737
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm, 8am to 4pm Saturday
How to find a Motability vehicle
You’ll need to show evidence that you’re eligible for the scheme. It’s worth getting this ready before you start looking for a vehicle.
- your ID – such as a driving licence or passport
- your certificate of entitlement from the Department of Work and Pensions
You should follow these steps to get a Motability vehicle:
1) Find a dealer
You can find a dealer near where you live on the Motability website.
You can also call the Motability helpline. It can take a while to get through between 9am and 11am on a Monday, so it’s worth calling outside of this time if you can.
Telephone: 0300 456 4566
Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm
Calls cost 12p per minute from a landline, and from 3p to 45p from a mobile
2) Visit the dealer
Once you’ve found a dealer, ask for an appointment with their Motability specialist. You can ask them to visit you at home or help arrange your transport to and from the dealership, if it’s hard for you to get there.
You’ll be asked to do a questionnaire to help find a vehicle that suits you best.
Let your dealer know if you think your vehicle needs to be adapted. Motability offer some adaptations for free – you can check if the adaption you need is available on their website.
If you use a wheelchair or mobility aid, take it with you to make sure it fits in the car.
If you’re not happy with the choice of vehicles the dealer has to offer, it’s worth contacting another – they might have other options.
3) Order your vehicle
Once you’ve found the right vehicle, you can order it at the dealership.
You’ll need to show:
- your certificate of entitlement from the Department of Work and Pensions
- a form of identification, such as a passport or driving licence
- proof of address, such as a council tax bill or bank statement from the last 6 months
If you’ll be driving the car you’ll need to show your driving licence.
About 2 weeks after ordering your car you’ll get a confirmation letter in the post. Keep it safe – it contains your Personal Identification Number (PIN). You’ll need this when you collect your vehicle.
4) Collect your vehicle and sign the lease
You’ll sign your lease agreement by entering your Personal Identification Number (PIN) at the dealership.
It’s worth asking for your vehicle to be delivered, if you can’t get to the dealer easily.
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However, engaging in regular exercise improves our general well-being and quality of life. It is also known to help manage physical ailments and boost mental health. For instance, physical exercise can boost mood and, in the process, alleviate depressive symptoms. More importantly, regular exercise can increase mental resilience, reducing the risk of physical and mental illness.
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There’s a photo of a little me looking out the window, waving, at a 3 year old boy walking by. My mother wrote that I said, “Hi boy! Boy here?” She will joke about this as the first glimpse into my long career of flirting. I honestly never thought I was a flirt. I usually tried to seduce the hell out of anyone I thought was worthy. It’s ironic since once I acquired them I’d feel unworthy. There’ve been quite a few people of all walks of life that I’ve been with. I prefer the words “been with” compared to “relationship” because I see relationships amongst friends or even onscreen that aren’t what I went through. Relationships are give and take. Cutesy pictures of a couple enjoying their time spent with each other. Respect. Trust. Celebrations of anniversaries that made it past…
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If you’ve had a migraine with auras that triggered an epileptic seizure, you might have experienced migraine-induced epilepsy.
Another name for this phenomenon is migralepsy.
Scientists have debated the existence and terminology of this phenomenon for some time.
Currently, the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3) acknowledges it as “migraine aura-triggered seizure.”
However, epilepsy authorities do not acknowledge the condition.
For the controversy and its explanation, see the article below. It’s a must!
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A couple of good friends are helping me proofread my romance, The Cowboy and the Executive, before I send it to Rachel Carrera for her special magic. Honestly, I thought I’d crossed most of my t’s and dotted all of my i’s, but I should have known better.
Most of the corrections involve missing quotation marks or spaces where no spaces should be, but one of my mistakes, called to my attention by my friend, Flo, made me laugh out loud.
Apparently, on a couple of occasions I’d written that my heroine’s bedroom was on the second floor. Unfortunately, in the previous chapter I’d already described the home she was staying in as a sprawling one-story ranch house.
I suppose if the home was, say inside Hogwarts or located on Diagon Alley, my mistake might be a charmingly magical occurrence, but since it’s just a Muggle dwelling on a ranch…
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While I don’t yet have a publication date set for my romance novel, The Cowboy and the Executive, I have been daydreaming about my male protagonist, Barton Young, quite a bit. He’s tall, tan, and I’m pretty sure he’d taste good.
My inspiration for Barton came from an encounter with a rodeo cowboy at a honky tonk in Amarillo, Texas, a few decades ago. We had but a single dance, but oh my! What a dance it was.
Here’s my bad poem about a good time. https://nananoyz5forme.com/2020/11/14/the-cowboy/
Peace, and giddy up, people!