Mobility scooters became very popular in last years. Unfortunately even though the prices dropped in recent years they are still remain very expensive vehicles. Not many people can afford them especially when they are on benefits or low pension.
Can I get a free mobility scooter from the NHS?
You are very unlikely to get any free mobility scooter from the NHS. You are more likely to get manual wheelchair or walking aids but not mobility scooter (see NHS info here). You still may struggle to get even manual wheelchair or walking aid. The NHS will assess your situation and decide based on your circumstances.
Can I get a free mobility scooter from a charity?
The most popular option to get free mobility scooter is via Motability Scheme. You would have to meet eligibility requirements. Motability can lease a mobility scooter to you if you meet their requirements. You would need to be recipient of one of the benefits: Disability Living Allowance (higher rate), Personal Independence Payment or Armed Forces Independent Payment or War Pensioners Mobility Supplement. Bear in mind Motability will collect part of your benefit to cover on going rental, repair costs, servicing and insurance. It means the scheme is not absolutely free after all. However it might still be worth checking out.
Can I get a scooter if I don’t receive a disability benefit?
It is still possible to get a free mobility scooter even if you are not a recipient of benefits. It is however very difficult and unlikely. Part payment would be needed if application is approved. You could try different charities and schemes for funding.