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A new independent study ‘An economic assessment of wheelchair provision in England’

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

A new independent study ‘An economic assessment of wheelchair provision in England’ has been launched today.

Motability partnered with the Wheelchair Alliance to support this new study into wheelchair provision in England which aims to provide robust evidence and data on the scale of current issues in wheelchair provision, potential beneficial interventions and to highlight best practices. The study was carried out by Frontier Economics and shows how economic conditions influence the provision of wheelchairs, and how these impact the experience of wheelchair users.

The study shows that there are a number of challenges in the market which should be reviewed, including regional differences in provision and a lack of accurate and up-to-date data on the number of disabled people who may need to access wheelchair services which in turn impacts the level of funding available for service users.

Motability has a bold vision to ensure that disabled people are not disadvantaged by poor access to transportation, and we are determined to increase the range and reach of what we do, looking beyond the Motability Scheme.

To help us achieve even greater impact and build a better understanding of the transport lives of disabled people and the challenges they face, we conduct research and provide grant funding to other charities and organisations to inform our grant spending priorities and to generate innovative solutions to meet the evolving transportation needs of disabled people.

We are committed to publishing and sharing our research work because we believe that the findings are important for a wide range of people and organisations who care about the same things that we do. The full report is available on our website.